In a cruel twist, many Covid-19 survivors could be affected by a once-obscure chronic fatigue condition, initially termed the Tapanui flu, and whose existence was once ridiculed and denied.
Emeritus Prof Warren Tate, 73, of the University of Otago biochemistry department, officially retired recently but is continuing his molecular-level research into the condition at the university.
This condition is now called myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
People with this disabling illness often cannot undertake their usual activities and “at times may be confined to bed and experience overwhelming fatigue that is not improved by rest”, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
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