Dr Charles Shepherd (Hon. Medical Adviser to the ME Association) has written this letter that you can use if you need to assert your right to be considered as a vulnerable person during the Covid-19 lockdown.
“To Whom It May Concern
“MEA Statement: People with a diagnosis of M.E. should be regarded as vulnerable and are deserving of increased support where required.
“We would be very grateful if you could provide additional help and support to people who are struggling to cope with myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) at this very difficult time.
“M.E. is a complex multisystem disease involving abnormalities that affect the brain, muscle, and the immune system. It directly affects a person’s ability to function normally, restricts movement and participation in all aspects of daily living.
“M.E. (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome) is classified by the World Health Organisation as a neurological disease and recognised as such by the NHS in the SNOMED CT medical classification index.
“The disease is diagnosed in people of all ages and ethnicities. Around 265,000 people in the UK are thought to be affected. It is often triggered by an acute infection and can lead to loss of function and chronic ill health for many years.
“Relapses and exacerbations are also commonly caused by infections. With the Covid-19 pandemic, we are particularly concerned at the increased risk this new infection poses to people with M.E…
Please note this 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.
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