Post-Viral Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: The Overlap & Implications for Long COVID

17 June 2021

As a second emerging crisis of the pandemic comes to light, 10% of all ‘mildly’ affected patients with COVID-19 have not recovered within 14 months of the initial infection (referred to as Long COVID-19). Many are healthcare providers who are unable to return to work. 

This series of patients are reporting overlapping symptoms with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). Specialist ME physiotherapists and consultants strongly emphasise the need for this patient group to be screened for post-exertional malaise. 

GPs, in particular, have indicated a need for further training in ME. Therefore, our hope is that better education in ME will ensure that all patients with prolonged post-viral symptoms will have the best possible chance for improvement or recovery. 

This one-hour course will provide a reliable and evidenced-based introduction. 

To discover the full details of the course, click here.

Who is Hope 4 ME & Fibro Northern Ireland? 

Hope 4 ME & Fibro Northern Ireland is a registered charity for specialist ME NHS services in Northern IrelandI, campaigning on behalf of the 7500 patients with ME. We offer FREE educational events and information packs for GP surgeries or any healthcare provider group. Patients are also supported via monthly meetings with expert speakers and ‘closed’ Facebook Pages providing 24/7 advice and fellowship.  

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