New York – A recent review of three case studies by Johns Hopkins University researchers provides first evidence that one serious post-Covid problem may be myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) – the complex, multisystem disorder previously known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Peter Rowe, director at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Professor of Paediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said: “In the three patients studied — all of whom had confirmed or highly probable Covid-19 infections early in the pandemic — we observed ME/CFS-like symptoms within the first two weeks of illness. At six months following their illness, all three still met the criteria for being diagnosed with ME/CFS.” A six-month post-Covid symptom onset examination, including evaluations of movement, neurological function and continued orthostatic intolerance, was conducted on some patients to determine if ME/CFS could be diagnosed. All three easily met the criteria. Interestingly, all three patients had relatively mild Covid-19 respiratory symptoms and none required hospitalisation, yet it appears to have translated into the more serious secondary problem of ME/CFS for them all, Rowe said.