“A switch went off in my whole body” : Lived experiences of fatigue and post-exertional malaise in long Covid

Sas, Corina and Lotankar, Y and Adam, R and Bradbury, K and Cooper, J and Hill, D and Martinez, V and Powell, D (2023) “A switch went off in my whole body” : Lived experiences of fatigue and post-exertional malaise in long Covid. In: CHI EA '23: Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems :. ACM, New York, pp. 1-7. ISBN 9781450394222

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Abstract

The growing HCI agenda on health has focused on different chronic conditions but less so on Long Covid, despite its severe impact on the quality of life. We report findings from 2 workshops with 13 people living with Long Covid, indicating the challenges of making sense of their physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms, and of monitoring the triggers of post-exertional malaise. While most participants engage in pacing activities for the self-management of fatigue, only a few are aware of the importance of planning all their daily activities and routines in order to avoid post-exertional malaise. We conclude with design implications to support lightweight tracking and sensemaking of fatigue symptoms, novel data analytics for monitoring the triggers of post-exertional malaise and the worsening of symptoms, and support for self-management in order to prevent post-exertional malaise.

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21 Mar 2023 12:15
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