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Coronavirus

We have had a few enquiries about corona virus (Covid-19) on our helplines and other communication channels. People are interested in how it may affect people with fibromyalgia. We have also had requests about whether we could perhaps help them as they have felt they need to self-isolate.

First of all we are a small charity so providing individual help like this would not be something we could do. On how people with our condition will be affected by the virus or whether we are more at risk than people without it, it is hard to give an accurate answer.

The diversity within our community in terms of additional conditions, age, and other factors is great. There is no one size fits all advice. Generally speaking a diagnosis of fibromyalgia will not make you a vulnerable person to this virus. If your social interactions are curtailed due to fibromyalgia, you may be at less risk than the majority of people.

However, there are many in our community that are older, or have other co-morbid conditions including those that do compromise the immune system so these people will need to judge their individual risk.

The overriding advise at present is to take sensible steps to avoid becoming infected in the first place. Increased hand washing and being aware of the current guidance from the NHS. This is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Again, we do not believe there are any special requirements for someone with fibromyalgia and a common-sense approach is required.

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