While the COVID-19 outbreak that spreads from all over the world from China is removing thousands of people every day, a new study published today shows that infected and healed people may face Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) disease in the future.
COVID-19, the new type of coronavirus disease, which has become a global public health problem in a short time with its unique infectious power, is the place to say that it has reached the end of the ‘world we know’. The streets, streets and squares where people used to be intertwined are deeply silent.
showing the effect in more than 200 countries, including Turkey Covidien-19, infected over 2 million people until today and has caused close to 140 thousand people lost their lives. While the world of science is seeking a cure for this disease that has caused the death of tens of thousands, humanity may face another brand new problem in the future as a result of the coronavirus epidemic: CFS.
“Coronavirus may cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in the future”
Viral infections have been previously associated with problems with long-term symptoms of fatigue. For example, CFS, also called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is sometimes known as a condition that occurs after viral infections. Although people suffering from CFS show a range of symptoms, such as extreme fatigue, muscle pain, and photosensitivity, they may not be able to understand this ailment most of the time.
So can the new type of coronavirus trigger similar fatigue syndromes? The SARS virus, which was effective between 2002 and 2003, provides clues that this could happen. As a result of the researches, it was found that some people infected in Toronto, Canada experienced fatigue, muscle weakness and sleep problems after three years.
Some people infected with the SARS virus encountered extreme fatigue and sleep problems after 2-3 years
During the SARS epidemic, 273 people were diagnosed with infection in Toronto, and 44 of these people died. Harvey Moldofsky, a psychiatrist and sleep expert at the University of Toronto, conducted a study on 22 people who were infected and had health problems despite their recovery after the outbreak ended.
Moldofsky and his team discovered that participants often suffer from muscle pain, insomnia, daytime fatigue, weakness and depression all over his body. Moldofsky said that the symptoms in question were very similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
People who have had COVID-19 may face another disease
On the other hand, the team examined only 8 percent of those diagnosed with SARS in Toronto. Therefore, we do not know if other people with SARS also experience these symptoms. It is also unknown exactly how long these symptoms last.
The COVID-19 disease, which the world is currently struggling with, comes from the same coronavirus family as SARS, although it is caused by a different virus. Precisely because of this, Moldofsky says he is concerned that the infection can also cause a viral fatigue syndrome in the short term.
Charles Shepherd, the medical consultant of the UK Sickness provider ME Association, also draws attention to this danger:
“It is quite likely that some people will experience a viral fatigue syndrome that can later lead to a ME / CFS-like disease. What happens to people after acute respiratory failure is something that needs to be explicitly investigated. ”
Mark Guthridge from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, points out that it may take a long time to reach certain information about this opinion, since people must show symptoms for at least six months before being diagnosed with CFS or ME.