'Long COVID' may be an ADA disability; understand your accommodation obligations.

Long COVID--the lingering, often debilitating after-effects of COVID-19--can be considered a legally protected disability under the ADA, according to new guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice.

So-called "long haulers" suffer a range of new or ongoing symptoms that can last weeks or months and can worsen with physical or mental activity. Common symptoms: tiredness or fatigue, difficulty thinking clearly, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, heart palpitations, joint pain, depression and loss of taste or smell.

Long COVID can be a disability under the ADA if it substantially limits one of a person's major life activities, such as working. The limitations don't need to significantly restrict an individual from performing a major life activity...

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