A CORONAVIRUS patient confessed his secrets to his wife after ‘Covid left him delirious’, including telling her that he had sex with men before they wed.
The anonymous 41-year-old also became ‘highly aroused’ and was accused of inappropriately touching nurses who treated him at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
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The patient revealed to his wife that he had had sex with men, ‘mostly’ before they were married – which was something his wife was completely unaware of.
He also began to share drastic plans and ideas and tried to wipe water on other patients as he were baptising them, medics revealed in the case report.
The man, whose behaviour became manic, also obsessively wrote down every personal interaction and bodily sensation – describing the experience as “liberating”.
He was eventually detained under the Mental Health Act and sedated after his behaviour escalated and he got violent.
Now recovered from the episode and back home, the man said: “I began to think that I was part of a TV show, in which I was sent back from the future to save the NHS, and I was curious to see how this would end.”
Doctors said it was possible his episode would have been deemed the first sign of Bipolar disorder, but instead put his behaviour down to the affects of coronavirus.
There is evidence that the virus can affect the brain and nervous system in various ways – including taste and smell.
One mental health expert said it was well documented that immune system reactions can affect the brain and trigger mania.
He was loud and highly aroused with sexual disinhibition and overfamiliar behaviour, inappropriately questioning and touching members of staff.
Dr Jamie Mawhinney , who wrote the case report in BMJ, said: “This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first report of an acute episode of mania or psychosis as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
In the report, the doctors said: “He was loud and highly aroused with sexual disinhibition and overfamiliar behaviour, inappropriately questioning and touching members of staff.
“‘His speech was pressured, and his mood subjectively and objectively elevated. “
It was found that he tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes Covid-19, but the virus was not found in his spinal fluid, which proved that it was in his central nervous system and could have travelled to his brain.
After 24 hours on a ventilator, his coronavirus symptoms lessened, but his mental state remained abnormal.
“‘By day eight, his behaviour had escalated further culminating in a security call and emergency sedation for the safety of himself, the ward staff and other patients,” the report said.
Nearly a month after the man was hospitalised his mental state normalised and he was able to go home.
Speaking of his time in the hospital, he said: “I was taken to hospital on the 4th April with what I would describe as the worst headache of my life.
“At this time, I had been suffering with the symptoms of Covid-19 for over a week.
“I was in hospital for a total of 20 days with psychosis and mania, which I experienced as fascinating.
“This may seem strange from an outside perspective, but I was, in my mania, trying to help the doctors as much as I could, while at the same time trying to make sense of my condition.
“For my family and friends it was frightening. Luckily, they had a lot of support from each other, and from the great team of doctors at St. Thomas hospital.”
Doctors haven’t completely ruled out a diagnosis of bipolar disorder – which his sister had been diagnosed with previously.