Covid-19 & ME/CFS – A Lockdown Summary

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This free leaflet summarises the main changes to daily life during the Covid-19 national lockdown and how they apply to people with M.E. It has been updated with useful links to the very latest information.

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Updated: November 2020

Dr Charles Shepherd (Hon. Medical Adviser to the ME Association), summarises the main changes to daily life during the Covid-19 national lockdown and how they apply to people with M.E.

Contents include:

Controlling the spread of the virus, Hand and Respiratory Hygiene, Vaccine Development, Testing for the virus, What to do if you have symptoms suggestive of
coronavirus infection, Shopping – Food and Medicines, Employment.

Government Guidance: The vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, ME/CFS Research, Progress on the new NICE clinical guideline on ME/CFS, Can pets transmit the infection?, Possible forms of treatment, What should people with ME/CFS do if they
catch Covid-19?, the use of face masks.

What should previously healthy people do if they experience symptoms suggestive of post infectious fatigue and/or ME/CFS?, Hospital based referral services for ME/CFS, Further information, ME Association working arrangements.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.

ME CONNECT HELPLINE

0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.