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Long-Term Effects Of Virus Shine A Light On Chronic Fatigue Sufferers

Friday 18 September 2020


From The Sydney Morning Herald:


There are numerous reports of COVID sufferers
anguished at the length of their recovery, symptoms
that wax and wane, hitting them like a truck
just when they think they are improving.

Long-term effects of virus shine a light on chronic fatigue sufferers

By Sue Green
September 7, 2020
Copyright © 2020.

It would be utterly perverse to say I’m glad COVID-19 leaves some sufferers with long-term symptoms, including crippling fatigue. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. But as one who has coped with that very thing along with chronic pain for more than a decade, I am thrilled that it’s at last getting serious attention from the medical profession. Pity it’s taken a global pandemic, an illness (almost) everyone believes is real, to make it happen.

"I have sympathy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome now, and I believe this disease fast-tracks you into experiencing these symptoms," Professor Paul Garner, infectious diseases specialist at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, told the ABC.

He should know. He has COVID-19. It is, he says, his worst-ever illness, and he has had dengue fever and malaria. "You feel quite well and then suddenly in the afternoon it slaps you round the head like a cricket bat,” he said. Welcome to my world.


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