Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

Increased risk of COVID for people with mental illness

I read this research report this week that looks at mental illness, risk of COVID infection, and poor COVID infection outcomes. They looked at electronic health records for 61 million people in the US and found that people with mental illness had 7 times higher odds of getting COVID than those without mental illness. They also were also much more likely to be hospitalized and die than the general population. They adjusted for age, ethnicity, gender, and other medical conditions. I'm curious about people's thoughts on this! I think it is in part due to socioeconomic reasons, housing, working in higher risk jobs, etc.


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