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Long-Term Fatigue Dubbed The 'Hidden Toll' Of COVID-19

Friday 25 September 2020


From New Zealand's 1 News:


Woman with laptop
Researchers say the symptoms mirror a
debilitating condition seen in other viruses.
(Source: 1 NEWS)

Long-term fatigue dubbed the 'hidden toll' of Covid-19

By Thomas Mead, 1 News Reporter
September 21, 2020
© TVNZ Mon Sep 21 08:14:08 NZST 2020.

Researchers are pointing to a “hidden toll” of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying many patients are reporting debilitating fatigue months after their initial diagnosis.

They say some of the symptoms of what’s currently known as ‘long Covid’ mirror a debilitating condition, seen in other viruses in the past, known as chronic fatigue syndrome or ‘ME’.

The little-known and mysterious illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis, is usually preceded by a viral infection and can last for years.

Sufferers experience what’s known as a 'post-exertional malaise', where a small amount of exercise leaves them bed-ridden for long periods, and can struggle to work or perform everyday tasks.

Otago University professor Warren Tate, who has studied ME since 2011, says the condition matches many of the ‘long haul’ symptoms reported by Covid-19 patients.

He says ME can come on after a “dramatic immune response” where the body fails to recover properly, with symptoms including fatigue, bad sleep, pain, cognitive difficulty, brain fog, allergies, gastro-intestinal effects, and more.



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