A third of Covid patients put on ventilator report PTSD symptoms

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One in five admitted to hospital but with no ventilation had symptoms such as flashbacks, study finds

One in three Covid patients put on a ventilator experience extensive symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to research, which adds to mounting evidence of the virus’s impact on mental health.

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The study of 13,049 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, by Imperial College London and the University of Southampton, found that one in five who were admitted to hospital but did not require a ventilator also experienced extensive symptoms of PTSD.

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