Schizophrenia is 2nd highest risk factor for dying of COVID-19, after age

Schizophrenia may be one of the highest risk factors for dying from COVID-19, second only to age, according to a new study. 

Previous studies had found that people with mental illnesses, particularly depression and schizophrenia — a condition that causes distortions in thinking and perception — had a higher risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But it was not known whether mental disorders were also associated with a risk of dying from COVID-19.

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