Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or ME/CFS, is characterized by overwhelming tiredness that is not improved by rest.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Long COVID: Similarities and Differences

Are ME/CFS and long COVID similar conditions, with the only difference being the trigger driving their development? Scientists evaluated levels of depressive symptoms, fatigue, sleep quality, anxiety, and olfactory and cognitive functions in 42 ME/CFS patients and 73 long COVID patients to find out if this is the case.

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Fatigue and Cognitive Impairment in Long Covid Patients

A subset of COVID-19 patients have been observed to develop post-COVID syndrome – a collection of symptoms that develop during or after COVID-19 that lasts longer than 12 months. Researchers in Germany asked whether fatigue and cognitive impairment are indeed associated with a COVID-19 infection, and whether fatigue and cognitive impairment are separate conditions or appear together in the same cohort of patients.

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Some Long-Haulers Find Relief After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Long-haulers are sharing stories of symptom relief after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. While anecdotal as of now, patients from across the country are reporting that their symptoms have improved or even resolved after getting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Survivor Corps, one of the largest patient communities advocating for COVID-19 long haulers, recently released a poll on Facebook asking members how they felt post-vaccination. As of March 18, 2021, 40% of participants said that their long-COVID symptoms improved after being vaccinated. 

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