M.E. Association: article - Update: Post-Covid Fatigue, Post/Long-Covid Syndromes, and ME/CFS.
On 27 July Dr Charles Shepherd explained why the MEA has been devoting so much time and effort to covering issues relating to Post-COVID Syndromes. The MEA article explained the particular reasons -
- the possibility that people with post-COVID fatigue and post/long-COVID syndromes are going to receive preferential treatment from the NHS for very similar health problems that occur in people with ME/CFS.
- people with post-COVID fatigue and post/long-COVID syndromes are being cautioned against the use of graded exercise treatment (GET) whereas NICE has refused to remove this treatment option from the current clinical guideline for ME/CFS.
- the considerable amount of research and research funding that is being directed at post-COVID fatigue and post/long-COVID syndromes compared to what has happened to government-funded research into ME/CFS.
Action for M.E. (AfME) CEO Sonya Chowdhury on the potential rise of M.E./CFS.
On 2nd July, AfME CEO Sonya Chowdhury spoke on BBC Points West about the potential rise in M.E./CFS following Coronavirus, and the number of people who are experiencing problematic or delayed recovery from COVID-19. She says:
"The ongoing exhaustion, and inability to return to previous activity, is something that has shocked many, including those who may have been asymptomatic or had relatively mild COVID, as they are now experiencing difficult and challenging symptoms."
We’ve seen a 30% increase in enquiries for information and often urgent support relating to the pandemic, from people with M.E. unable to access services and essential supplies. We have now begun formally recording numbers of those seeking support with post-Coronavirus symptoms that have not gone away.
MEAction give full details on Post-COVID-19 illness
There have been some reports of long term illness in survivors of COVID-19; it is unclear how many people are affected at this stage.  
One small study from Wuhan, China, found that survivors of COVID-19 who tested negative twice before discharge from hospital still had some abnormalities in metabolism and liver function markers when discharged.
Postviral fatigue syndrome and ME/CFS:
Myalgic encephalomyelitis, better known as ME, is a neurological disease that commonly begins after a virus, although other possible triggers include bacterial infections, injuries, surgery and other events.  
Some researchers and some patients use the term chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or ME/CFS to refer to ME, although CFS has different diagnostic criteria.   The older term Postviral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) is rarely used, although the World Health Organization recognize PVFS, ME, and CFS using the same diagnostic code. Some countries including the United States, deviate from this. 
BBC Spotlight: Covid-19 and Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome with Dr Charles Shepherd.
BBC Spotlight (South-West) featured a report about people who had contracted Covid-19, survived the infection but had failed to fully recover their previous level of health. Jenny Walrond, BBC Health and Science Correspondent, speaks with one woman whose functional improvement hasn’t materialised and says that thousands have joined social media sites to report a similar failure to recover. The article gives a link to the two minute broadcast - "BBC Spotlight Report on the Long-Term Effects of Covid-19 Infection" (25 June 2020)
ITV News: "What is Long Covid?" - ITV News Interview featuring Dr Sarah Jarvis and Gez Medinger"
Six minute interview broadcast live on ITV at 1.40pm on 21st July. News anchor Nina Hossain introduces the Long Covid SOS film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYfDON0XsA8&feature=youtu.be), and speaks to Dr Sarah Jarvis and long hauler Gez Medinger about the condition. Response from Dr Charles Shepherd amongst the comments.
M.E. Association: Coronavirus warning as victims staying sick for MONTHS with 'post-Covid syndrome' On 7 July, The MEA’s article includes quotes from The Express article CORONAVIRUS sufferers may be experiencing a “post-COVID syndrome” according to expert Dr Charles Shepherd who warned that even “fit young adults” were being subjected to debilitating fatigue for months. Thousands of Britons have reported a failure to recover from coronavirus infections despite surviving the virus.
The article included a link to a BBC Radio 5 Live discussion, when Dr Charles Shepherd was present, in which callers who revealed they had been ill for up to four months.
America’s top covid doctor turns ME/CFS into a subject for general discussion as the pandemic deepens
On 10 July, Tony Britton, Fundraising and PR Manager, of the MEA explain -
In a week in which we heard that cases of Covid-19 had doubled globally in the last six weeks to 12 million, President Trump’s top medical adviser on the coronavirus crisis has been showing a respect to ME/CFS that’s never been made so public before.
Dr Anthony Fauci, who has been striding the world pandemic stage usually in the shadow of the President, told a news conference organised by the International AIDS Society yesterday that the symptoms seen in long-haul Covid-19 recoverers resembled those seen in patients with M.E.
For some sufferers, Covid-19 doesn’t come with an end-by date – it just goes on and on On 10 July, The MEA’s article includes quotes from The New Statesman article
For #LongCovid sufferers - around 5 per cent of those who catch the disease - debilitating symptoms drag on interminably, with a quote from Dr Phil Whitaker’s - “Tantalisingly, what I hope will be an eventual research effort into #LongCovid patients may shed some light on other ill-understood conditions associated with a viral trigger, most notably chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME).”
PhysiosforME: Covid-19: Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
This 30 minute YouTube recording from PhysiosforME gives an overview of Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, its link to ME and management priorities. It is vital for physiotherapists (and any other treating health professional) to understand a potential complication of a viral infection - Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS). Further information on their website.
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