While most of us are familiar with the physical manifestations of severe COVID-19 infections, there is one neurological side effect of the virus plaguing hospitalized patients in an unimaginable and tortuous way: delirium. Early on in the pandemic, doctors started noticing coronavirus patients of all ages, suffering from terrifying visions—some that have continued long after their physical symptoms subsided. 

Delirium isn't anything new, most commonly experienced by older patients with dementia. However, doctors maintain that coronavirus-induced delirium is next-level, impacting people of all ages without any previous cognitive impairment. According to reports from hospitals and researchers suggest that approximately two-thirds to three-quarters of coronavirus patients in ICU's are experiencing them in some capacity. The New York Times reports that some experience "hyperactive delirium," paranoid hallucinations and agitation, others have "hypoactive delirium," internalized visions and confusion that cause patients to become withdrawn and incommunicative, while the unlucky ones experience both. 

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