By Danni Watts, Journalist.
Content warning: Contains an image of an ME patient, at her request, which readers may find distressing.
There are growing numbers of Covid-19 patients reporting ongoing symptoms, for some lasting months after the initial infection. The cluster of post-viral symptoms commonly includes extreme fatigue, brain fog and widespread pain. For ME patients this is all too familiar a list.
ME – also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS – is defined by as a “long-term (chronic), fluctuating, neurological condition that causes symptoms affecting many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune systems”. It often occurs after viral illness and, while it is unclear whether coronavirus has unique long-term impacts, the University of Leicester has warned that up to 10% of coronavirus sufferers could be at higher risk of developing ME.
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