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The Disabling Consequences of Long COVID

On October 5, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study on long COVID, a health condition that affects millions of Americans after they contracted COVID-19. After almost three years since the beginning of the pandemic, no medical treatment exists for long COVID and its symptoms can vary from one person to another, in type, frequency, and severity.

Common long COVID symptoms include:

  • Changes in the menstrual cycle
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cognitive impairment or “brain fog”
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Labored breathing
  • Lost taste and/or smell
  • Musculoskeletal pains
  • Post-exertional malaise

The new study from the CDC revealed that a significant segment of those struggling with long COVID experience challenges with everyday tasks.

The Challenges of Obtaining Disability Benefits for Long COVID

In an August 2022 study, Brookings Institute estimated that up to four million Americans are no longer able to work due to debilitating long COVID symptoms. Long COVID received the disability classification and people can qualify for Social Security benefits if they can prove they had the condition for at least a year.

One of the major hurdles in the process is that there is no specific diagnostic test for long COVID. The pandemic and long COVID have also demonstrated how other oft-dismissed conditions like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, make it difficult to get a proper diagnosis.

Obtaining a long COVID diagnosis requires having the necessary resources for healthcare and finding doctors who understand the condition and do not dismiss patients’ symptoms.

Long COVID Especially Impacts Specific Communities

Long COVID poses misunderstandings and stigma similar to other chronic conditions, especially for communities that also face other systemic challenges such as women and individuals of color.

Although long COVID can happen to anyone, studies show that people from the following groups are more likely to develop it:

  • Women
  • Black
  • Hispanic and Latino
  • LGBT+ individuals especially transgenders and bisexuals
  • Individuals with one or more disabilities

People without a high school diploma are also at a higher risk to experience long COVID according to the recent CDC study.

What Is Next for Long COVID?

Although people can develop long COVID regardless of gender, other medical conditions, ethnicity, or age, the current CDC data present certain limitations to gaining a more detailed understanding of how long COVID affects Americans. Indeed, the study only covers adults and does not account for someone’s immunization status or the severity of their COVID-19 infection.

Long COVID requires further studies to develop diagnostic protocols and treatment options, and actively educate medical practitioners to identify the condition and reduce the stigma associated with this type of chronic health issue and the communities especially prone to long COVID.

The lack of current prevention measures at the federal level when it comes to masking or vaccinations may result in another spike in COVID-19 cases during the winter, and its corollary of increasing the number of people struggling with long COVID.

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All our lawyers commit every day of their legal career to helping people get disability benefits from UNUM, MetLife, Prudential, Northwestern Mutual, Hartford, CIGNA, and other major insurance providers.

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