Experts warn that ‘Long Covid’ is causing an avalanche of chronic tiredness cases in the UK.
Experts on chronic tiredness believe that an avalanche of new cases is on the way, triggered by the little-understood syndrome known as ‘Long Covid.’
A new study published this week in the United States found that two-thirds of those with moderate coronavirus symptoms develop Long Covid.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which are sometimes lumped together under the umbrella label “ME/CFS,” are debilitating disorders that keep victims confined to their beds.
ME can be as disabling as multiple sclerosis and congestive heart failure, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
For years, ME/CFS experts have criticized a lack of funding for research into the condition’s causes and therapies.
Long Covid affects up to 22% of coronavirus patients, causing ME/CFS symptoms such as fatigue, mental fog, and muscle discomfort.
However, because there is no one test for ME/CFS and some doctors still have a poor grasp of the illnesses, it has historically been difficult to establish a diagnosis.
After three grueling coronavirus waves, experts anticipate that the number of Long Covid patients will skyrocket by coming winter.
Now, the organisation ‘Action For ME’ claims that increasing ME/CFS research might benefit the UK’s 385,000+ Long Covid patients.
“We’ve been assisting people with ME for almost 30 years,” said Sonya Chowdhury, CEO of Action for ME.
“We’re presently seeing a significant increase in people calling our services, anxious for help and guidance after being newly diagnosed with, or concerned about, ME.
A recent study in the United States found that two-thirds of persons with moderate coronavirus symptoms develop extended Covid.
After 30 days – the criterion for extended Covid – 68.7% of those who tested positive for Covid reported at least one symptom, according to researchers at the University of Arizona.
Long Covid patients experienced weariness, shortness of breath, brain fog, stress/anxiety, altered taste/smell, body pains and muscular discomfort, sleeplessness, headaches, joint pain, and congestion after 30 days.
“This is a serious wake-up call for everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated,” said lead researcher Professor Melanie Bell.
“The risks of developing long-term effects if you obtain Covid are surprisingly high.”
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ME/CFS is predicted to cost the UK economy at least £3.3 billion a year, despite the fact that only 7% of children and 16% of adults suffer from it. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”