Workshop topics

Workshop on the experience of post-viral fatigue at work

A Douglas man who suffered from ME recently reflected on his 10-year journey to recover from the virus during a workshop.

Juan Corlett explained the often underestimated threat of post-viral fatigue in the workplace. The Isle of Man branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a human resources company, hosted the event in 1886, which was presented by Manx Industrial Relations Service and ME Support (IoM). Expert testimony was provided by the ME Association’s Honorary Medical Advisor, Dr. Charles Shepherd, and Lesley Pickering, Director and Specialist Occupational Therapist of the North West Fatigue Clinic.

Key messages from the event included the potential seriousness of post-viral illnesses if mismanaged in the workplace, the adverse consequences of overexertion when returning to work, how relapses can occur in post-viral diseases and the importance of good quality, early advice for employers and employees.

Damian Warburton of the Manx Industrial Relations Service gave the presentation and gave advice on supporting employees with long-term health conditions, provided solutions for caring for staff members and discussed the legal implications of the management of staff with chronic illnesses.

The avoidable mistakes Mr Corlett made in 2012 during Epstein Barr’s virus rehabilitation were explained in a Q&A.

These lessons are relevant to many people currently living with Long Covid symptoms and Dr Shepherd explained that “there is tremendous overlap between Long Covid and ME/CFS”.

This was the third event organized on this topic. Two years into the pandemic, the topics covered are extremely relevant to employers, employees and the general public.