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Psychological Predictors of Self-reported COVID-19 Outcomes: Results From a Prospective Cohort Study, 2022, Ayling, Chalder et al

Discussion in 'Psychosomatic research - ME/CFS and Long Covid' started by Sly Saint, Jan 16, 2022.

  1. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Abstract
    Background
    Previous research has shown that psychological factors, such as stress and social support, are associated with greater susceptibility to viral respiratory illnesses and more severe symptoms. During the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a well-documented deterioration in psychological well-being and increased social isolation. This raises questions as to whether those experiencing psychological adversity during the pandemic are more at risk of contracting and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

    Purpose
    To examine the relationship between psychological factors and the risk of COVID-19 self-reported infection and the symptomatic experience of SARS-CoV-2 (indicated by the number and severity of symptoms).

    Methods
    As part of a longitudinal prospective observational cohort study, 1,087 adults completed validated measures of psychological well-being during April 2020 and self-reported incidence of COVID-19 infection and symptom experience across the pandemic through to December 2020. Regression models were used to explore these relationships controlling for demographic and occupational factors.

    Results
    Greater psychological distress during the early phase of the pandemic was significantly associated with subsequent self-reported SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as the experience of a greater number and more severe symptoms.

    Conclusions
    COVID-19 infection and symptoms may be more common among those experiencing elevated psychological distress. Further research to elucidate the mechanisms underlying these associations is needed.

    https://academic.oup.com/abm/advance-article/doi/10.1093/abm/kaab106/6494327
     
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  2. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Study finds stress linked to increased risk of getting COVID-19

    https://www.unitedkingdomnews.net/n...-linked-to-increased-risk-of-getting-covid-19

    eta:
    see also
    https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/s...ncreased-risk-of-getting-covid-19-study-finds
     
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  3. Milo

    Milo Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Did she mean that the patients were somatizing before even getting COVID, which basically allows her to send out the psych dogs to all to actually prevent COVID?
     
  4. Wyva

    Wyva Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Eventually they will say that symptomatic covid infection doesn't exist, it is just psychosomatic, caused by pandemic-related distress in people who are psychologically prone to it. That would be awesome, finally it would be obvious to the whole world how BPS ideology is more of a religion than anything else.

    (sarcasm)
     
  5. Trish

    Trish Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm not impressed. I would expect some attempt to make this a representative sample of the population. Instead it was recruited via social media, 85% of participants were female, and nearly three quarters dropped out before giving any data on whether they caught covid.
     
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  6. strategist

    strategist Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I find it interesting that this paper is going for a "stress increases susceptibility to infection" angle. Maybe Chalder has quietly changed her views due to the pandemic demonstrating so clearly that postinfectious syndromes are real?

    I find it plausible that an association with "increased distress" and "covid infection" would exist and there are some very simple possible explanations for this, like working a job with increased risk of infection and knowing about the risk. Consider healthcare workers for example.

    I think there have already been various papers on how people with lower socioeconomic status are more impacted by the pandemic and also have higher infection risk.
     
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  7. Trish

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    The paper starts by going over previous evidence that being under stress can increase susceptibility to catching infections. I don't think this piece of research contributes usefully to that research.
     
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  8. Arnie Pye

    Arnie Pye Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Can someone please sack these people and spend the money that becomes available on doing biomedical research. These people are simply a waste of funding and air.
     
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    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Not even half as scientific as reading tripes. It's going to get heavily promoted for a few weeks then promptly forgotten as the mediocre nonsense that it is.
     
  10. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    unless you work at number 10; maybe the solution is cheese and wine gatherings.
     
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    Snowdrop Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    And what if the solution is not changing cognitions to reduce stress but to change some external social factors contributing to stress. Is Chalder up for that?
     
  12. strategist

    strategist Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Like giving proper protective equipment to healthcare workers and not underfunding hospitals?
     
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  13. Snowdrop

    Snowdrop Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    That would be a beginning.
     
  14. Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    All they are measuring is a correlation between symptom-answering behaviour before COVID and afterwards.

    Symptom questionnaire responses are not the same as symptom experiences, despite so many people acting as if they are the same.
     
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