We are thrilled to see the press tell our story of the #MillionsMissing this year, and the #MillionsMore “long haulers” expected to develop ME/CFS following a COVID-19 infection. In Pittsburgh, a mother of four told her story in the Tribune-Review about her 25-year journey of never recovering after contracting EBV, the virus that causes Mono.
On December 3-4, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) hosted a virtual Workshop on Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19. We know acute COVID-19 has an extraordinary number of multisystem manifestations: pulmonary, cardiovascular, neurologic, psychiatric, musculoskeletal, endocrine, renal, hepatic, gastrointestinal, and dermatologic. The workshop’s goal was to
Last Sunday, the Observer published an article called, “Long Covid: Is This Now Me Forever?” that derides and stigmatizes both the long Covid and ME community as falling prey to a disease-mindset and catastrophic thinking. Just another hysterical women’s disease. #MEAction sent the following letter to the editor at the Observer, asking them to
#MEAction UK is highlighting the links between “Long Covid” and ME in the press. In particular, we want people at risk to know about the danger of exercise if they have post-exertional malaise.
#MEAction UK has sent an open letter to Matt Hancock asking him to recognise the harm caused by graded exercise therapy. We are calling on him to ensure all advice for people with ME, and those at risk of developing ME post-COVID, warns of the harm from graded exercise therapy. Join us by asking your MP to write to Matt Hancock too and telling them about your experience of ME.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have released a document entitled “interim findings”, stating that the recommendation of graded exercise therapy for mild and moderate ME/CFS should not apply to people with fatigue following COVID-19. They note that the existing guideline was published in 2007, many years before the pandemic, and that they are aware of concerns around graded exercise therapy.