'Long Covid' Will Be Covered by Federal Disability Law, Biden Says

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U.S.|‘Long Covid’ patients volition beryllium covered by national disablement law, Biden says.



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President Biden said the benefits and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act would present widen to radical facing ongoing wellness problems caused by a coronavirus corruption that occurred weeks oregon months before.CreditCredit...Tom Brenner for The New York Times

Annie Karni

  • July 26, 2021, 1:57 p.m. ET

Americans suffering from “long Covid” — a word referring to caller oregon ongoing wellness problems from a coronavirus corruption that occurred weeks oregon months agone — volition person entree to the benefits and extortion provided nether national disablement law, President Biden said connected Monday.

Speaking successful the Rose Garden to observe the 31st day of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Mr. Biden listed immoderate of the lingering effects that person been seen successful coronavirus survivors, including “breathing problems, encephalon fog, chronic symptom oregon fatigue,” and noted that the effects sometimes emergence to the level of a disability.

“We are bringing agencies unneurotic to marque definite Americans with agelong Covid, who person a disability, person entree to the rights and resources that are owed nether the disablement law,” Mr. Biden said, noting that they would see peculiar accommodations and services successful the workplace, successful schools and successful the wellness attraction system.

In immoderate cases, the wellness effects of Covid-19 tin persist for months aft initially causing lone mild symptoms. A study published successful April recovered that a coronavirus corruption besides appears to summation the hazard of decease and chronic aesculapian conditions afterward, adjacent successful radical who were ne'er sick capable with the microorganism to beryllium hospitalized.

The research, based connected records of patients successful the Department of Veterans Affairs wellness system, besides recovered that non-hospitalized Covid survivors had a 20 percent greater accidental of needing outpatient aesculapian attraction successful the six months pursuing corruption than did radical who had not contracted the coronavirus.

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