The scientist named the diagnosis increases the risk of COVID-19 in children
Patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who do not receive therapy are 65% more likely to be diagnosed with coronavirus. This was announced on Saturday, December 19, to RIA Novosti by the head of the proactive medicine department of the Leumit hospital fund, Yevgeny Merzon, who, together with a group of Israeli scientists, studied Leumit statistics.
“People who have ADHD are more likely to get COVID. At the same time, if we divide the group into two who have not bought or received treatment for ADHD, we will see an interesting thing. People who continued therapy, bought drugs, their risk is leveled, disappears. Those who have not received treatment with such a diagnosis – their risk increases – up to 65% compared with those who do not have ADHD, ”he told the agency.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Merzon stressed that children with ADHD were often denied medication or continued therapy, and schools were temporarily closed. At the same time, the scientist noted that such children need to constantly receive pharmacological, psychological or behavioral treatment, and the opinion that once educational institutions are closed, then therapy can be stopped is wrong.
The specialist added that it is more difficult for adults and especially children with ADHD to adhere to the anti-coronavirus rules set by the Ministry of Health, as well as to wear medical masks, since such people have increased sensitivity.
In the course of the study, a group of Israeli doctors led by Merzon analyzed the data of 37 thousand patients of Leumit, after which a correlation was found between the incidence of COVID-19 and the diagnosis of ADHD.
Earlier, on December 3, it was reported that doctors at the American College of Cardiology suggested a link between coronavirus and heart damage in infants after COVID-19.
During observations of a two-month-old baby, experts noticed that after the detection of coronavirus in the baby, myocardial damage and heart failure were noted. After treatment, the infant restored the normal functioning of the heart muscle.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, began at the end of December last year. The Chinese city of Wuhan became the hotbed of infection. For several months, the disease has spread to more than 210 countries of the world. On March 11, WHO declared a coronavirus pandemic.