The suffering from Corona lasts longer for some: In a significant minority, the recurring symptoms are protracted.
Illustration: Kornel Stadler
The Polyclinic of the Cantonal Hospital of Graubünden has been offering a consultation hour for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS), the symptoms of which are similar to those of Long Covid, the syndrome that occurs following a acute infection with Sars-CoV-2 leaves those affected with countless debilitating symptoms for months. Gregory Fretz, Head of the Polyclinic, now always looks after h during the ME / CFS consultation hoursmore common Long-Covid-Patienten.
The 20 year old Ramon C., who is being treated by you, has been suffering from Long Covid for over two months, is on 100 percent sick leave and spent the last month practically only in bed. None of his health values are noticeable. How can that be?
I can’t explain that either, too little is known about this complication after a Covid disease. Of course, when people complain of persistent shortness of breath, we look at the clinical picture and check the lungs and heart. In fact, with Long Covid it is often the case that you cannot find anything. But the patients undoubtedly suffer from these symptoms, they are absolutely believable. With ME / CFS patients in particular, we often observe that they have had a veritable odyssey of visits to the doctor because they are often told: “You have nothing!” But it’s not true, they have something after all, and you just help them by saying: “We know that.”