Covid-19 – Reducing the risk of infection



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

“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.”

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