March 04, 2020
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the public from low to moderate.
We appreciate that this may be especially worrying for those already ill. Currently, the situation is that advice from the NHS is the same for all UK residents, including for people with a long-term health condition such as M.E.
The 25% M.E. Group has shared information specifically for those with severe M.E. on its website.
Given the post-viral risk associated with any virus, and the rapid spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is likely that we will see an increase in the number of people being diagnosed with M.E. in the longer term. This risk was raised by Prof Chris Ponting at yesterday’s APPG on M.E. meeting (a full report of which will be published soon), and underlines the serious and urgent need to accelerate research that helps us understand the causes of M.E. and/or CFS.
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