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Can Increased Recovery Rates from Coronavirus be explained by Prevalence of ADHD? An Analysis at the US Statewide Level.

Authors
  • Arbel, Yuval1
  • Fialkoff, Chaim2
  • Kerner, Amichai3
  • Kerner, Miryam4
  • 1 Western Galilee College, Acre, Israel. , (Israel)
  • 2 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel. , (Israel)
  • 3 Netanya Academic College, Netanya, Israel. , (Israel)
  • 4 Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. , (Israel)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Attention Disorders
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
Volume
25
Issue
14
Pages
1951–1954
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1087054720959707
PMID: 32955373
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Previous research demonstrates that ADHD is considered a risk factor for COVID-19. The current study attempts to investigate the relationships between infection, mortality and recovery rates from coronavirus and the prevalence of ADHD at the US statewide level. Based on information from 2011 regarding the prevalence of ADHD across the US by state, findings suggest that, while there are no correlations between ADHD and population size, infection and mortality rates from coronavirus, recovery rates (recovery-population ratio) rise with the prevalence of ADHD. Consequently, a possible explanation is that in coping with the disease, ADHD might provide an evolutionary advantage. An example of this phenomenon can be found in the gene that causes sickle-cell disease, which, as a non-dominant gene, helps cope with infection from malaria. If corroborated, research findings may support the conclusion that coronavirus limitations in special educational frameworks for ADHD would not be required or could be relaxed.JEL Codes: H75, I12.

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