Will COVID-19 Lead to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?


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I couldn't find this posted anywhere else. Notice the authors, both ME/CFS researchers and clinicians.

Will COVID-19 Lead to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Anthony L. Komaroff1* and Lucinda Bateman2 for the U.S. ME/CFS Clinician Coalition

These are just a couple of quotes from the paper-

What Are the Implications for Practicing Physicians?

Although there now is a literature of over 9,000 peer-reviewed studies of ME/CFS, as identified by NASEM (20), it is our experience that many practicing physicians know little about the illness.

If a wave of new cases that doubles the number of Americans with ME/CFS is about to emerge, we need to increase efforts to prepare physicians to deal with this burden.

A U.S. ME/CFS Clinician Coalition—physicians experienced in the care of people with ME/CFS—has created a website containing useful information1. CDC2 and NIH3 also provide online information.


The COVID-19 pandemic has been a tragedy. It has devastated the health and financial well-being of many people around the world.

An unprecedented effort is underway to understand, prevent and treat the disease, including substantial recent funding to study post-COVID illnesses, in the U.S. and elsewhere.

We should not forget the importance of studying all people who become infected with SARS-CoV-2, even those with only mild initial illnesses, and to study the recovery period and the long-term health consequences of COVID-19.

We need to know how to prevent and treat “long COVID.” What we learn may apply to the prevention and treatment of ME/CFS, as well.

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