A group of specialists from the University of California and Stanford found that when taking a certain group of antidepressants – SSRIs – the risk of death from coronavirus infection is significantly reduced. These include, for example, fluoxetine or fluvoxamine.
As part of the scientific work, the data of electronic medical records of 500 thousand patients in the United States were studied. Of these, 83.5 thousand were found to have COVID-19. At the same time, 3.4 thousand people from this number were prescribed SSRIs.
The researchers concluded that those who took fluoxetine had a 28% lower risk of dying from infection than the controls. In general, taking any SSRI was associated with an 8% reduction in the risk of death in coronavirus infection.
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