According to a recently published study in Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy, delirium may be an early sign of COVID-19, particularly among older adults.
The study was conducted by a research group at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
As implied in the findings, delirium, along with an accompanied high fever, could be an early symptom of the coronavirus, and so, such symptoms should be taken into consideration when assessing for infection of COVID-19.
“We need to be on the alert, particularly in an epidemiological situation like this, because an individual presenting certain signs of confusion may be an indication of infection,” the co-authors stated in their press release.
“This work constitutes a renewed point of view for the study of the delirium-based COVID-19 physiopathology and could help to establish new and emerging causal links between SARS-CoV-2 infection, delirium, and its resulting neurocognitive alterations.”
The study was authoreed by Javier Vazquez and Diego Redolar-Ripoll.