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Chronic Fatigue Research Network Targets COVID-19
Wednesday 17 June 2020
From COST (European Cooperation in Science & Technology):
Chronic fatigue research network targets COVID-19
Could COVID-19 harm patients after the infection has gone? Members of the EUROMENE COST Action are adapting their work on chronic fatigue syndrome to coronavirus patients. They plan to study the risk of follow-on extreme tiredness, to predict long-term health, social and economic impacts.
‘Tired all the time’ syndrome, more formally known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), still puzzles scientists and doctors. To share information and insights, researchers from 21 countries created Europe’s first CFS network, the COST Action ‘European Network on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ (EUROMENE).
The network has identified indicators, such as biomarkers, of forms of the syndrome with different causes, developed an overview of potential treatments and drawn up guidelines on how to diagnose and treat chronic fatigue, published on the Action website.
Participants are now looking for funding to investigate a possible new cause of ME/CFS – COVID-19. This is possible thanks to COST, acknowledges EUROMENE member Dr José Alegre-Martin, a senior ME/CFS specialist at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. “This project requires a network and human resources, which EUROMENE makes viable.”
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