Thousands of women told they have ‘long Covid’ may in fact be suffering from the menopause, experts say.
Long Covid is an umbrella term for a range of persistent symptoms that can linger for months after someone has fought off the virus.
Survivors have complained of lasting fatigue, sleep problems and brain fog, among hundreds of other warning signs.
But researchers at the universities of Manchester and Warwick believe some of the hallmark long Covid symptoms in women could be down to ‘the change’.
Writing in a comment piece, the academics claimed these had a ‘significant overlap’ with the menopause.
The piece in The Lancet Regional Health, Europe was written by Dr Stuart Stewart, a population health expert at Manchester University.
The co-authors included Dr Louise Newson, a menopause specialist at the National Institute for Health Research, and Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist from Warwick Medical School.
The opinion piece was not based on a new study.