Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome

Post viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS) is a persistent state of ill health following a viral infection such as COVID-19. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of energy, muscular aches and pains, intermittent flares of viral symptoms and an inability to return to previous levels of activity.  

PVFS is not the same as being unfit, or ‘de-conditioned’. Ignoring the symptoms may make them worse in the long term.

What to do if you think you are experiencing PVFS

If you think you are experiencing PVFS, you should work on developing pacing strategies to help you work within and conserve your energy levels, rather than push yourself beyond your limits.

If you are feeling fatigued, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists has produced useful, practical guides on how you can manage post-viral fatigue after COVID-19, and how to conserve your energy. Seek the advice of a health professional to communicate your concerns.

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