Permanent exhaustion: The fatigue of long Covid can become chronic

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Fatigue is an oft-discussed topic these days as a common symptom of what’s sometimes called post-Covid-19 syndrome, or “long Covid.” It’s typical after viral infections, and can be caused by many other things as well. Sometimes the exhaustion is unrelenting and not relieved by rest. “[Clinical] fatigue is defined as pathological exhaustion and exhaustibility not amenable to the usual recuperation strategies,” says Dr Sabine Herzig, a neurologist at the University of Leipzig Medical Centre’s Clinic for Cognitive Neurology. Things like a healthy lifestyle, restful sleep and appropriate work brea…

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