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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Long COVID & Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases

Those suffering from systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases have an increased risk of severe outcomes from a COVID-19 infection. Due to factors such as altered immunity or the use of immunosuppressive medications, they may also be at risk of developing Long COVID.

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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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