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Can COVID-19 Morph Into Other Serious Health Issues?

Wednesday 9 December 2020


From ContagionLive:


Mady Hornig
Mady Hornig

Can COVID-19 morph into other serious health issues?

A team at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health is partnering with a chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) organization to study COVID-19 and CFS.

By John Parkinson
December 2, 2020
© 2020 Contagion™.

For the condition previously called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and now referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), people suffering from the condition are marked by overwhelming fatigue as well as potentially other multi-system conditions that can be chronic in nature. The cause of ME is not truly understood and there are no definitive tests to diagnose it or therapies to treat it.

Mady Hornig, MA, MD, is an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and she had COVID-19 earlier this year. She has had a continuation of symptoms and health issues several months after initially having a fever, and has been characterized as being a COVID-19 long-hauler.

These subset of patients report having a number of health problems after their initial bout with COVID-19 including a loss of taste and smell, severe fatigue, or neurological issues.

As with other viruses, there is a long-term concern with COVID-19 that some lingering health effects post virus might morph into more serious conditions. For example, Post Ebola Syndrome illustrates that some people who beat the virus end up having other health issues including eye problems up to blindness, neurological issues, as well as muscular and joint pain. The syndrome can be quite debilitating to the point of leaving people unable to work.

Hornig and her team have partnered with Solve ME, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the discovery of treatments, expanding funding for cure research, and engaging the ME/CFS community in research, advocacy, and patient support.


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