- Last Updated: 18 April 2021 18 April 2021
Long COVID and ME/CFS - same or different?
Long COVID and ME/CFS can both result from an infectious viral illness. Long COVID may follow infection with SARS-CoV-2 (a “coronavirus”), while ME/CFS may follow a flu-like illness, infectious mononucleosis (“mono”), or other viral infections.
Both Long COVID and ME/CFS can have many different symptoms and not every person has the same symptoms.
For a diagnosis of ME/CFS, the symptoms must have been present for at least six months at a moderate to severe level. For a diagnosis of Long COVID, symptoms will still be present after 28 days to 3 months. If symptoms are still present after six months, a diagnosis of ME/CFS should be considered in the differential diagnosis of long COVID patients.
Where to find more information:
Characterizing Long COVID…
Will COVID-19 Lead to ME/CFS?