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Full Article written By Patrick Hadfield – ME Auckland

Post-infectious illnesses are not new. In fact, I’m writing this because 12 May is ME/CFS Awareness Day – a day chosen as it marks Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The famous nurse was thought to have developed ME/CFS from a flu-like infection following the Crimean War.

A recent study revealed that 25 out of 29 ME/CFS symptoms were also reported in Long Covid. Such symptoms include post-exertional malaise, orthostatic intolerance, thermostatic instability, sensory sensitivities and other specific autonomic and neurological manifestations.

Both ME/CFS and Long Covid even feature insomnia. It’s a tragic irony that an illness can cause both fatigue and the inability to sleep.

Up to 10 percent of people who get Covid-19 may develop Long Covid.

As a country, we need to draw on already-available research and international practice to provide the best care for people with Long Covid now. This means learning from ME/CFS.

Full Article: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/466934/how-to-tackle-the-long-covid-threat-and-how-not-to?fbclid=IwAR1B5Rn-nNq3Ih1QgOGVLOp5IsMa2-IlLP0ddW7XS12pOFUxP3meQ4jW2PE