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COVID-19 Effects Can Be Persistent And Serious Say Doctors Suffering 'Long COVID'

Sunday 25 October 2020


From ABC News:


Dr Nathalie MacDermott
Dr Nathalie MacDermott has been active in the fight
against diseases like Ebola but since long COVID,
she now has trouble walking.

COVID-19 effects can be persistent and serious say doctors suffering 'long COVID'

ABC Health & Wellbeing
By Natasha Mitchell for Science Friction
Posted 23 October 2020
© 2020 ABC.

Nathalie MacDermott is no stranger to deadly diseases.

She's worked on the front line of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Cholera in Haiti, and this year, treating children critically ill with COVID-19 in London.

But now she's fighting on a more personal front line.

Dr MacDermott is suffering serious, ongoing symptoms after contracting COVID-19 back in March.


Overlap with chronic fatigue syndrome

Striking parallels are emerging with another disabling condition, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), which has similar symptoms, and also receives a mixed response from the medical profession.

ME/CFS is a chronic and relapsing condition which can occur after a viral infection. The illness is characterised by extremely debilitating fatigue, "brain fog", muscle aches and pains, memory problems, headaches, and unrestful sleep.

There is some crossover too with another condition called fibromyalgia, in which people experience ongoing musculoskeletal pain all over their body.


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