Physicians have seen it before: in the aftermath of a viral epidemic, survivors complain of a lethargy, mental fogginess, sleep difficulty, and muscle pain. Many are eventually diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, a poorly understood condition that has no FDA-approved treatment and that often leaves people debilitated for life. It has happened after outbreaks of SARS, MERS, West Nile fever, and Ebola. And now, experts fear, it could happen again on a much larger scale with COVID-19.
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