Feeling sick with a fever — even a slight one — along with chills, fatigue and achy joints during this pandemic era may all seem to point to the coronavirus, particularly in summer with flu season still months away. But there may be another culprit: Lyme disease.
“Lyme disease is just as common this year as it was last year or the year before,” Dr. Daniel Cameron, a Lyme disease specialist in private practice in Mount Kisco, New York, told TODAY.
What’s more, Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria or a parasite in a tick, has a reputation for imitating other conditions.
“It triggers cytokines, the inflammatory process, and by triggering the whole natural immune system, it will mimic some other infections that affect the immune system,” Cameron said. When the immune system is working hard to clear the infection, it may cause symptoms very similar to COVID-19. (See link for article)
Thankfully more articles like this one are getting out there on the similarities between COVID and Lyme.
I caution the reader on some of the comments made by Jones-Lopez.
- Tickborne disease has been found in every single state. Looking at maps for Lyme/MSIDS is outdated and inaccurate information. Ticks are everywhere – and spreading disease everywhere.
- Tickborne disease can occur in any month – and yes, even in the winter.
- The information regarding treatments for both diseases is simplistic. Remdesivir is not backed by results: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/07/02/remdesivir-for-covid-19-not-backed-by-results/, and authorities have stonewalled many other effective COVID treatments: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/06/02/successful-covid-19-critical-care-stonewalled-by-cdc/ and https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/07/05/treatment-with-hcq-azithromycin-and-combination-in-patients-with-covid-19-reduced-in-hospital-mortality/. While doxycycline is the front-line drug of choice for acute Lyme, it doesn’t take coinfections into account, which would require different medications. This needs to be emphasized as people still erroneously believe Lyme/MSIDS is a 1-term, 1 drug illness when oftentimes it is far more complex. We need to quit giving simple 1-minute sound bites on an illness that is wrecking lives.
While there is little you can do about stopping a virus, there is much you can do to protect yourself from tick-borne infections: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/04/12/tick-prevention-2019/