Covid-19 & ME/CFS – Reducing the Risk of Infection


In this free leaflet we highlight those in the at-risk groups and provide a ten-point guide to preventative measures. It has been updated with useful links to the very latest information.


Updated: November 2020

Dr Charles Shepherd (Hon. Medical Adviser to the ME Association) highlights those in the at-risk group and provides a ten-point guide to preventative measures that everyone should employ during the national lockdown and in the months ahead.

“People with M.E. are already in a vulnerable/high risk group when it comes to catching this infection – mainly because it is highly likely to cause an exacerbation of existing symptoms, or a more persisting relapse.

“The general risk from catching coronavirus also increases further if you have any of the factors below that are being identified as likely to make people more vulnerable to the infection.

“In particular: Age over 70 years, Male, Obesity, Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, Having other chronic medical conditions – e.g. coronary artery disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, Vitamin D deficiency.

“It’s important for everyone with M.E. to do all they can to reduce the risk of catching this infection. This means adopting a way of living that is based on individual circumstances and individual risk factors.”

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.

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