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URGENT NEWS – EXPERTS: UP TO ONE -THIRD OF COVID-19 CASES BECOMES “LONG COVID”

  • Alert date August 15, 2021

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    Although many people with COVID-19 get better within weeks, some people continue to experience symptoms that can last months after first being infected, or may have new or recurring symptoms at a later time. This can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the initial illness was mild. People with this condition are sometimes called “long-haulers.” This condition is known as “long COVID.”

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with long COVID have a range of new or ongoing symptoms that can last weeks or months after they are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and that can worsen with physical or mental activity.

    Examples of common symptoms of long COVID include:
    Tiredness or fatigue
    Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes called “brain fog”)
    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    Headache
    Dizziness on standing
    Fast-beating or pounding heart (known as heart palpitations)
    Chest pain
    Cough
    Joint or muscle pain
    Depression or anxiety
    Fever
    Loss of taste or smell
    This list is not exhaustive.

    Some people also experience damage to multiple organs including:
    heart
    lungs
    kidneys
    skin
    brain.

    Long COVID is a physiological condition affecting one or more body systems. For example, some people with long COVID experience:
    Lung damage
    Heart damage, (including inflammation of the heart muscle)
    Kidney damage
    Neurological damage
    Damage to the circulatory system resulting in poor blood flow

    Lingering emotional illness and other mental health conditions

    Accordingly, long COVID is a physical or mental impairment under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557.

    NOTE:
    Is long COVID always a disability?
    No.
    An individualized assessment is necessary to determine whether a person’s long COVID condition or any of its symptoms substantially limits a major life activity. The CDC and health experts are working to better understand long COVID.

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