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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Chronic fatigue syndrome may hold keys to understanding post-Covid syndrome

An illustration of a fatigued person, lying down on a bench and dreaming of a brighter day.
An illustration of a fatigued person, lying down on a bench and dreaming of a brighter day.
Illustration: Virginia Gabrielli

Almost everyone is familiar with the short-term symptoms of an acute SARS-CoV-2 infection. These include a fever, cough, breathing problems, fatigue, diarrhea, and other flu-like symptoms. While some doctors have raised alarms about the infection’s potential to inflict lasting organ damage, the popular perception of Covid-19 is that a small percentage of patients die and the rest recover.

But as the pandemic has stretched on, experts have begun to recognize that many Covid-19 patients — maybe even a majority — continue to grapple with a range of “post-viral” symptoms.

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