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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the schizophrenia: a literature review

Anna Knapik12, Martyna Kozłowska12, Beata Kocyan12, Ewa Martyniak1, Marek Krzystanek1, Grzegorz Brożek2, Jan Zejda2
Psychiatria 2021;18(3):221-231.


This paper provides an overview of the impact the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic had on the schizophrenics and the
course of their disease. We presented the factors increasing the risk of infection and mortality in these patients.
We then focused on the means to reduce the risk of the relapse of schizophrenia, as well as on the assessment
of stress level perceived in the study group. Furthermore, we analyzed the work-flow and organization of work
in the institutionalized support facilities for patients suffering from schizophrenia. Additionally, we examined
the pros and cons of using atypical drugs, clozapine in particular, in the schizophrenia treatment, and discussed
the issue of telemedicine and long-distance medical advice, which proved vital in the times of the pandemic

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