By Jennie Jacques in jennie jacques.com.
I have a keen interest in what happens to our body after severe infection, particularly viral infection. And I would like to start my article by highlighting (with gratitude) ‘New Scientist’ who have pre-warned us, “Viral infections have previously been linked to problems with long-term fatigue symptoms. For example Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which is also called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)”
The level of disability and suffering experienced by those with ME/CFS is difficult to put into words; patients are bedbound, housebound and in severe cases are left completely incapacitated. I am not writing this article to frighten people – it’s purely to educate and to ask everyone to start raising awareness for ME/CFS, now. We don’t want to address this issue too late. Because it generally takes at least six months after infection, in order to diagnose ME/CFS, the concept in relation to COVID-19 is only just starting to trickle in but my prediction is that this has the potential to snowball.
Due to the lack of research funding behind ME/CFS illness it will continue to mystify our top doctors for much longer than six months. That’s a fact, not a prediction. But if we can promote the awareness for ME/CFS now, then perhaps what’s to come can be prevented.
I do have some faith that the medical community will eventually correspond with the relatively small group of Scientists who are pioneering in ME/CFS research – it’s actually already started – but as an OMF Ambassador, my determination is to accelerate the process in any way possible for the ME/CFS people whom I represent. And that is why I felt compelled to write this piece.
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