There are several connections between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and the current Covid 19 pandemic, and I have written about it in previous posts. Here is a brief summary.
Long covid was predicted and predictable
CFS is also called a post-viral syndrome since it often follows a viral infection.
Those of us familiar with post-viral syndromes and CFS predicted that we would see many post-viral syndrome cases following the covid 19 infections.
There would be a pandemic within the pandemic. First, those who got acute covid 19 infections. And then, those with the post-viral syndrome and CFS following these infections.
I wrote about this a year ago, at the very beginning of the global pandemic.
Research into CFS & post-viral syndromes
The slight silver lining in this situation is that long-covid may lead to the medical field and governments taking post-viral syndromes and CFS, in general, more seriously. We may see the beginnings of this.
The main symptoms of long covid and CFS are the same: fatigue, PEM, and brain fog. Although there may also be some unique symptoms of long covid, including visible damage to the lungs and other organs.
A missed opportunity
The medical world has largely ignored CFS. It’s often not been taken seriously as a biological disease, and there has been minimal research into it.
That’s doubly unfortunate.
It’s unfortunate for those of us who have CFS and know it’s a real and serious disease.
And they missed a golden opportunity to be prepared for long covid.
We knew a pandemic would come and that we were on schedule for a new one.
And we knew that viral infections lead to a significant number of post-viral syndromes.
So why didn’t they take the opportunity to prepare by learning about CFS and possible causes and cures? Why didn’t they take the opportunity to nip the predictable current upsurge in post-viral cases in the bud?
In the coming decades, ignoring CFS will go down in medical history as an injustice to those with CFS. And also a missed golden opportunity to learn more about CFS before the predictable pandemic upsurge in people with post-viral syndromes AKA long covid.
This pandemic may be a triple pandemic. The first is the viral and medical pandemic. The second is the social cost. And the third is the large numbers of those with long covid.
If researchers and governments had the foresight, they could have prevented the third. Now, they are instead playing catch-up.