A widow says her husband killed himself after the coronavirus “distorted his brain” and “changed his personality”.
Father of two Ben Price, 48, died in Morris, Illinois on February 28, after battling the beetle for 16 days.
He had been hospitalized for four days and had problems with his lungs. He had returned home “another man”, his wife Jennifer told WGN-TV.
The grieving wife believes that her husband would still be alive if it hadn’t been for the virus she believes has put his sanity on a downward spiral.
Ben, a business owner, reportedly signed Covid after driving in a car with others on his way to a Bible study.
Describing the harrowing ordeal that led to his death, Jennifer said, “He would just go around the house and repeat things. And it wasn’t even in his normal tone of voice. It was a whole different tone.
“He was very scared. He kept repeating, ‘I’m sorry, I’m just so scared.’
“He would stare out the window and only worry about things that didn’t even happen.”
The mother of two said she was aware of the effects of long-term Covid, including “brain fog” and “depression,” but had no idea how overwhelming they could be.
She added, “I knew about Covid brain fog and depression and things like that. And we never expected that it would not come back 100 percent within a few days.
A small number of Covid patients appear to have had psychological problems related to the infection, reports The lancet.
So far, research has focused on transmission and treatment.
The epidemiologist Dr. Emily Landon said, “There is new literature on the types of neurological and cognitive problems and even emotional and psychiatric problems associated with Covid infection.
“In other words, there are many reasons not to get Covid.”
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