Thursday, April 25, 2024
Home Health Long COVID may qualify as disability under federal law: Biden | Health...

Long COVID may qualify as disability under federal law: Biden | Health News

Washington: People suffering from serious long-term symptoms of coronavirus disease, also known as Long COVID, may qualify as ‘disablility’ under federal law, US President Joe Biden has said.

Biden on Monday released guidance on federal protections and resources to those suffering from lingering COVID symptoms, such as fatigue or brain fog, which “can sometimes rise to the level of a disability”, NBC news reported.

“We’re bringing agencies together to make sure Americans with long COVID who have a disability have access to the rights and resources that are due under the disability law, which includes accommodations and services in the workplace and school, and our health care system so they can live their lives in dignity,” Biden said.

He was speaking at an event at the White House celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, Education and Labour released guidelines to help individuals experiencing effects of long-term COVID navigate federal benefits, the report said.

However, long COVID does not automatically qualify as a disability.

An “individualised assessment is necessary to determine whether a person’s long COVID condition or any of its symptoms substantially limits a major life activity”, according to the HHS guidance.

Further, people with long COVID could qualify for “reasonable modifications” at work or in schools, as well as community-based resources that help with medical care and housing, it added.

While most people who have been infected with COVID recover within weeks, some suffer from lingering symptoms. The long-term effects are wide-ranging, including such problems as joint pain, fevers, fatigue, double vision and even hair loss.

Little medical treatment exists for long-haul COVID patients.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said they are working to better understand the recovery phase of the illness.

RELATED ARTICLES

5 ways to stay physically fit during COVID times | Fitness News

COVID-19 has had a mental and physical impact on many of us, however, this doesn’t have to be a negative situation with the right...

Pause booster dose till September: WHO to rich countries | Health News

Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has asked rich countries to pause the rollout of booster vaccines against COVID-19 till the end of September,...

Study reveals more mental health support needed for frontline workers tackling COVID | Health News

York: A global review of studies has found high levels of depression, PTSD, anxiety and burn-out amongst frontline medical staff during the COVID pandemic....

Most Popular

Free Ayushman Card Apply Online 2024

Free Ayushman Card Apply Online 2024 If you also want to use to apply for Ayushman Card with free...

Scholarship In March 2024

If you want reach about scholarship, choose best scholarships of March 2024, to ensure educational development by using some tips, reports prepare...

OPSC Recruitment Jobs 2023 – Assistant Executive Engineers – 391 Vacancies

Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC april/may 2023) has invited application for the post of Assistant Executive Engineer (civil and Mechanical) for Group...

IIT Palakkad Recruitment Jobs 2023 for Technical Lab Staff

IIT Palakkad Recruitment Jobs 2023 for the post of Technical Lab Staff in IIT palakkad, please read the information carefully mention below,...

Recent Comments

%d bloggers like this: