People with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) have been concerned since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that a subset of COVID-19 patients will go on to develop ME/CFS. Unfortunately, we are already hearing from many COVID-19 survivors around the world that they are continuing to experience debilitating symptoms for many months, even after “mild” cases. On just one COVID-19 tracking application, 300,000 people have reported long-term symptoms. Tens of thousands of these “long-haulers” are participating in Facebook and Slack groups to discuss symptoms they experience past the point when clinicians and public health officials have claimed they should be fully recovered. Long-term consequences of SARS-CoV-2 infection (the viral cause of COVID-19) are already a crisis.
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