Supporting Covid-19 Long Haulers: Anticipating the Needs of Employees in Response to COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "As the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic continues to unfold globally, reports are emerging of some COVID-19 survivors experiencing longer-term symptoms (lasting more than 3 months) and/or experiencing new neurological symptoms after the acute COVID-19 illness has passed. While extensive research has been ongoing throughout the pandemic as it relates to prevention, risk reduction and treatment of the COVID-19 disease [...], more focus is now being directed towards better understanding the long-term health impacts of this disease. Studies so far have shown that of those who have been infected with COVID-19 and hospitalized, 50-80% continue to experience lingering virus symptoms three months after the start of the infection -- even after tests no longer detect the virus in the body. When looking at a population more broadly, 30% of a cohort of people with COVID-19, including those seen in an outpatient setting, experienced ongoing symptoms. Because these individuals have persistent symptoms, some of which may limit return to work, employers need to consider how to support them returning to work with a focus on workplace accommodations and flexibility in time away."

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