Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser, ME Association.
For lots of people with M.E. the social distancing and/or social isolation that the Covid-19 lockdown has imposed isn’t very different to how they have been living with M.E. for many years.
But it is has brought new challenges and practical problems, such as: shopping, education, employment – if you are still at school/college or able to work – social care, benefits, seeing a GP, hospital appointments, obtaining prescription (and other) medications etc.
On a more positive note, and for those with computer access, there may be some benefits when life slowly returns to normal – especially in relation to the way in which we are going to be making far more use of on-line consultations with health professionals and using on-line shopping.
Some of our communities have also come closer together because of Covid-19, with local residents helping those less fortunate. There has also been a marked increase in online activity, with people staying in touch with loved ones, and with the patient community as a whole coming together and discussing the issues or just because they want to feel connected.
We’d like to know how you have been coping with the Covid-19 lockdown.
Experiences will vary. We have received a considerable number of emails and messages since the lockdown was announced on 23rd March. But as the indications are that these restrictions could be lifting soon, can you look back on this period and express what it has meant to you?
- Telegraph: The Prime Minister is expected to announce the lifting of some restrictions on Sunday 10th May
We would also like to have your views on how the lockdown should be eased, especially for people with M.E., who are still going to have to continue practising social distancing, and even social isolation, for many months to come.
There will be a discussion on the ME Association Facebook page now that this website survey has been launched – so please contribute to the debate. We look forward to hearing from you.
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