Covid-19 – Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome



Dr Charles Shepherd (Hon. Medical Adviser to the ME Association) considers the emerging evidence for a post-Covid syndrome and the problems some people with M.E. are experiencing following Covid-19 infection.

“We are starting to receive reports about previously healthy people who have had
(or probably had) coronavirus infection and have not been able to return to their normal
level of health and energy levels in the weeks following the onset of symptoms.

“We are also receiving reports from people with M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis/encephalopathy) who have had this infection and now have a significant exacerbation of their M.E. symptoms – especially a further reduction in energy levels.

“The ME Association has a lot of experience in dealing with people who develop prolonged and debilitating fatigue (sometimes with other symptoms as well) following a viral infection – as well as people with M.E. who relapse following another infection.

“We are now expecting to see a number of new cases of M.E. following coronavirus infection where symptoms have persisted. This is why we have produced some guidance on how we feel that convalescence and good basic management can lessen the chances of this turning into a more permanent and debilitating illness.”

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