“Another unequal burden”: Working with Long Covid

“Another unequal burden”: Working with Long Covid

She’s found some solace in online support groups that connect her with others trying to navigate recovery and career changes, she said.

‘I’m dropping a lot of balls all the time which I never used to,’ said Ms Bailey, whose job as campaign coordinator for a charity in London has not been renewed last year after his contract ended. “I don’t really know where to go next. I can’t do the jobs I used to love.

Some western European countries have strong policies to protect people with disabilities, said Philippa Dunne, one of the authors of a report published by the Solve Long Covid Initiative, a nonprofit research and advocacy group.

In the United States, however, there are fewer protections. Since unvaccinated people may be at higher risk of developing long Covid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, companies in areas with low vaccination rates, such as the South, may have more worker shortages than those areas with higher vaccination. rate, Ms. Dunne said.

“It will be another unequal burden,” Ms Dunne said. “The South already has a much higher disability rate than the Northeast and Midwest. It will also get worse.

A major logistical hurdle in the United States for employees with long-term Covid is eligibility for unemployment benefits. There’s no single test to diagnose it, and it’s only loosely defined, with so many unknowns. This can complicate diagnosis and access to disability benefits. It can also complicate responses from employers, who are still grappling with dealing with coronavirus labor issues, including the weighty question of whether Covid vaccinations should be mandatory for workers.

Katie Brennan, an adviser for the Society for Human Resource Management, said employers must consider their legal obligations to employees under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. With FMLA, eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of leave, and state protections may also be in place, she said.

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