A WOMAN says her husband killed himself after Covid "changed his personality" and "warped his brain."
Ben Price, 48, of Morris, Illinois, had battled the coronavirus for 16 days before his death.
The dad-of-two was treated in hospital for four days after having problems with his lungs.
Yet, his wife Jennifer says he came home a "different man" and would pace around the house talking to himself.
She insists Ben would still be alive today if it had not been for the killer respiratory disease - which has been linked with mental health problems in a minority of patients.
Ben, who owned his own business, is believed to have caught the virus after sharing a car with others on the way to a Bible study.
Describing her husband's behaviour, Jennifer told WGN-TV: "He would just pace through the house and repeat things.
"And it wasn’t even in his normal tone of voice. It was a very different tone.
"He was very scared. He just kept repeating, 'I’m sorry, I’m just so scared.'
"He would stare out the window and just worry about things that weren’t even happening."
And despite being aware of the reported mental health impact of Covid, Jennifer said she was shocked at Ben's deteriorating condition.
She said: "I knew about Covid brain fog and depression and that sort of thing. And we never expected him to not come back 100 percent within a few days."
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According to medical journal The Lancet, a small number of coronavirus patients have suffered mental health issues after being infected.
Epidemiologist Dr Emily Landon said: "There’s just emerging literature about the sorts of neurologic and cognitive issues and even emotional and psychiatric issues as part of a Covid infection.
"In other words: There are a lot of reasons to not get Covid."
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.