• The UK Government announced new guidance with regard to people with underlying health conditions and Social Distancing.
This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.
• The ME Association gave a new detailed ME Association Guidance on 17 March following the Government’s announcements that day - Coronavirus Covid-19: Latest Government advice and what it means for people with ME/CFS. Dr Shepherd explained that the UK Government has released new advice and recommendations that will affect people with ME/CFS.
Further comprehensive information is available from the MEA Guidance published the previous day - 'ME Association Guidance: Coronavirus and ME/CFS by Dr Charles Shepherd' on 16 March.
The MEA explained, that with the UK government now moving on from attempted containment of the virus to delaying the spread, we have also reached a new stage when it comes to how people with ME/CFS should be reducing the chances of catching this infection.
The MEA said the key preventative measures remain exactly the same:
– avoiding infections on surfaces by keeping them clean, wherever possible,
– thoroughly washing hands and wrists after touching surfaces away from home,
– not touching your face,
– keeping well away from anyone who has any signs of an infection,
– keeping a safe distance from everyone else – even people you know!
• #MEAction now have a COVID-19 RESOURCES page, giving information about the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on people with ME. It includes links to useful governmental sites regarding the outbreak as well as resources and articles particularly developed for people with ME.
• Action for ME (AfME) now have a 'Coronavirus and M.E./CFS' page - which has been set up to keep track of up-to-date advice regarding Coronavirus, and support available from Action for M.E. AfME are monitoring this page, and it gives the time when it was last updated.
• The 25% M.E. Group has leaflets available to download for people with severe M.E. on its website.
- Message from Dr Willy Weir and Dr Nigel Speight, Medical Advisor to the 25% ME Group - Coronavirus Update 7 March
- Message from Dr Nigel Speight, Medical Advisor to the 25% ME Group
Coronavirus and members of the 25% ME Group
• #MillionsMissing will be virtual this year.
The situation of COVID-19 is rapidly changing. We wanted to be optimistic that this situation would improve for the better, but even in the last 48 hours the situation has dramatically shifted. The WHO is officially classifying the virus a pandemic. COVID-19 is now affecting more than 127,000 people worldwide.
We can’t in good conscience, continue with in-person #MillionsMissing events. We care about the health of you and every person that would have come to these events. We are still doing #MillionsMissing on May 12th. It will all be virtual. Our community has always had a strong, powerful, and supportive virtual presence. This event will be no different.
• Occupy M.E. Safety in Isolation.
A helpful blog from Jennie Spotila, giving information on physical/emotional safety while we all live with new restrictions and social distancing/isolation, particularly useful for people with ME and their families and friends.
Take care, and stay safe everyone.
(post updated on 21 March)