Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many people have caught (or know others who have contracted) the virus. Most who recover from the infection do so within a couple weeks or shortly thereafter. For some, however, the symptoms have persisted for months after contracting the illness. The condition has become so common it’s now dubbed as “long COVID” and its victims as “long-haulers.”
In light of the developments, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) together with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently provided guidance on long COVID under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal laws protecting employees with disabilities from discrimination.