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COVID-19 could create an epidemic of chronic fatigue syndrome, experts say

Chronic fatigue syndrome could be more widespread

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Michelle Budge

The novel coronavirus may lead to an epidemic of chronic fatigue syndrome, doctors recently told NorthJersey.com.

What’s going on: The novel coronavirus continues to infect people across the country. In many cases, COVID-19 survivors have ended up with long-term health issues, otherwise known as long COVID-19, per NorthJersey.com.

  • One of those long COVID-19 symptoms includes chronic fatigue syndrome — or myalgic encephalomyelitis, otherwise called “ME.”

What they’re saying: “When we saw COVID happening, people in the ME community were some of the first to raise alarm bells that this was going to be a mass disabling event,” Robert Sklans of Metuchen, a board member with the advocacy group #MEAction Network, told NorthJersey.com.

  • “We were looking at the symptoms of long COVID and saying there are going to be a boatload of people with ME/CFS.”

More symptoms: A new study published in the medical journal The BMJ found that about one-third of COVID-19 patients developed a new COVID-19 symptom months after infection.

  • Those symptoms often include fatigue, respiratory failure and high blood pressure.

The bigger picture: As states begin to drop COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates, vulnerable people — including those with high-risk medical conditions and long COVID-19 symptoms — are left more at risk.