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Coronavirus Patients Could Develop ME, Group Warns
Saturday 20 June 2020
Coronavirus patients could develop ME, group warns
A MEDICAL group has warned that coronavirus patients could develop chronic fatigue syndrome if their recovery is not properly managed.
Those caring for virus patients could also develop the condition, the British Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME (BACME) said.
Experts estimate that ten per cent of those who have contracted the illness may not fully recover and could develop long-term ME.
This is a condition which can affect anyone, though it is more common in women and tends to develop in people aged between 25 and 45 and causes sufferers to feel “extremely tired and generally unwell”, an NHS overview of the syndrome states.
It affects about 250,000 people in the UK.
So BACME has produced a guide for the management of “post-viral fatigue”.
People suffering from coronavirus are urged to rest both their body and mind, limiting their use of TVs, phones and the internet. Activity levels should be kept low and patients should try to maintain a balanced diet throughout their treatment, the guide says.
When recovering from the illness, activity should only be reintroduced slowly and carefully.
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