Guidance on 'Long COVID' as a Disability Under the Ada, Section 504, and Section 1557 [open pdf - 247KB]
From the Document: "Although many people with COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] 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.' [...] This guidance explains that long COVID can be a disability under Titles II (state and local government) and III (public accommodations) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Section 1557). Each of these federal laws protects people with disabilities from discrimination. This guidance also provides resources for additional information and best practices. This document focuses solely on long COVID, and does not address when COVID-19 may meet the legal definition of disability."
U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division: https://www.ada.gov/