People struggling with long COVID face increased stigma, new University of Alberta study shows – CBC

U of A study also links stigma with decreased quality of life

Jan 17, 2023

Edmonton physician Dr. Daisy Fung stopped playing hockey twice a week after developing long COVID.

After first having COVID-19 in March of 2020, she developed myalgic encephalomyelitis, which is commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, and post-exertional malaise.

Her symptoms, which include severe fatigue and muscle aches, worsen about a day or two after intense physical or cognitive activity.

She has also given up playing badminton and tennis and reduced the number of hours she works so she can function as a doctor and a parent.

When Fung posted about her long COVID symptoms on social media, some people were supportive, but others, including fellow medical professionals, told her she was actually struggling with burnout or a mood disorder.

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