Coronavirus patients experiencing ‘terrifying’ hospital delirium, reports say
Coronavirus patients are battling “hospital delirium” through “nightmarish visions,” delusions and “paranoid imaginings,” according to multiple reports.
Delirium entails a “serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of the environment,” according to the Mayo Clinic webpage. The onset is said to be rapid, within hours or several days.
Delirium is usually more common in the elderly, sometimes occurring among cognitively impaired individuals with dementia.
In an interview with Fox News’ Trace Gallagher, Johns Hopkins University physician and professor of public health Dr. Marty Makary said the delirium is fairly common.
“It is common in the ICU (intensive care unit.),” said Makary, a Fox News medical contributor. “When people are in the ICU they’re hearing beeps and alarms and people are coming in to stick you with needles, you lose sense of reality, you lose sense of day and night …continued .
[Source: Fox News]