Common Viruses That can Trigger Chronic Fatigue

By Dr. J.E. Williams | | Reading Time: < 1 minute


We have all experienced a viral infection (such as the flu or common cold) which left us bedridden for a few days, at some point in our lives. Most of the time, our bodies fight off the infection and we don’t have any further issues. But sometimes, an infection may cause lasting harm or may even become chronic. Many different types of viruses have been known to trigger chronic fatigue — Epstein Barr Virus, Cytomegalovirus, Human Herpes Virus, etc. And there have been various theories over the years from various researchers and practitioners about the role of viruses in chronic fatigue — some of them claim that chronic viral infections are the central cause (and devote huge attention to trying to treat the infection), and other experts say that these infections are mostly just symptoms, i.e. opportunistic pathogens that only cause an issue AFTER the person’s health has already deteriorated. Moreover, there are are widely varying opinions about whether treating the viral infections are actually an effective way to fix the chronic fatigue. Some people report great success and others report minimal to no effects from focusing on treating infections.