President Joe Biden announced Monday that some Americans suffering from the long-term effects of Covid may be eligible for disability resources and federal protection.
The announcement came as the President delivered a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House with Vice President Kamala Harris to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also arises from the long-term symptoms of the virus called “long covid,” which is becoming a major public health problem.
“We are gathering institutions to give Americans with long Covid disabilities access to the rights and resources payable under the Disability Act,” Biden said in his statement. Said in.
Under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice, “Long Covid” is an obstacle within the meaning of the Federal Citizenship Act if it “significantly restricts one or more important life activities”. can do.
This means that people with “long Covid” symptoms that cause disability are entitled to resources and protection from discrimination under the Federal Disability Act. According to the guidelines, a personalized assessment is required to determine whether a person with a “long Covid” is entitled to this protection and these resources.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Long Covid” refers to a variety of new or persistent symptoms that can last longer than 4 weeks after being infected with Covid. Other symptoms are tiredness and malaise, joint and muscle pain, loss of taste and smell, and fever.
According to the CDC, some people damage multiple organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin, and brain. However, symptoms of “Long Covid” are mixed and it is not known how many people have this condition.
The Biden government has also released new guidance to address the needs of children with “long covid” who may be disabled. The guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education describe how schools and public institutions help children and students with “long covids” that lead to disabilities.
Other efforts to help Americans with “Longcovid” include new guidelines from the HHS describing community-based resources for people with the disease and resources for “Longcovid” employees. There is a new website launched by the Department of Labor, including. Information on social benefits etc.
Most people infected with Covid recover within a few weeks, but reports of “long Covid” symptoms are increasing among Americans.
According to a study published by FAIR Health last month, around 23% of around 2 million Covid patients develop at least one “persistent or new” disease more than four weeks after their initial diagnosis.