ROCHESTER, N.Y. — As the CDC raises precautionary alarms over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, doctors at Rochester Regional Health are still encouraging people to get vaccinated because of possible outcomes after the virus.

A recent study released by The Lancet Psychiatry Journal shows that some people are developing neurological and psychiatric symptoms months after their COVID-19 diagnoses.

What You Need To Know

  • Some people are developing neurological and psychiatric symptoms months after their COVID diagnoses

  • Some medical professionals are not sure how long the effects could last

  • The best preventative method to COVID outcomes is to get vaccinated, doctors say

“Basically we have two groups, patients that have been severely infected and has been in the hospital, and usually after a few weeks gets strokes, Guillain-Barré, encephalitis which is usually like inflammation of the brain,” said Dr. Mariel Davila, a neurologist at Rochester Regional Health.

Dr. Davila said when it comes to patients with milder cases, their symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, vertigo, and mental fogginess.

“So the same study showed increases in anxiety, depression, some increases in psychotic symptoms, so hallucinations, illusions and stuff like that,” said Dr. Garry Spink, a psychologist at Rochester Regional Health.

Doctors at Rochester Regional Health say treatment for people varies depending on their symptoms. As of now, medical professionals are not sure how long the effects could last.

“I know that there’s been prior research done on stuff like SARS and H1N1 when that came around, and that it sort of showed that at least up to a year it can persist and get worst," Dr. Spink said. “So that’s kind of what people are looking at when they come back from one of these infections.”

“What’s striking about this recent study is basically it says one in three patients that are COVID positive will develop a neurological or psychiatric symptom within six months,” said Dr. Davila.

Doctors say the best things people can do to combat COVID-19, are practicing social distancing, wearing a mask to prevent the spread, and getting vaccinated.