The pandemic has definitely changed how we’ve examined our health and the healthcare system. It’s become more difficult for people to predict what they need in the future, especially for the long-term. Although most people recover from Covid-19 within weeks of treatment, there are some people who continue to have lingering issues with their health.
Because of this, the Civil Rights Division of The Department of Justice has become involved, providing guidance for those who continue to experience symptoms to the point that it has become a disability in their lives.
The Legality of Covid-19 Infection As A Disability
The disease can be considered a disablity under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. There are resources for additional information, but there is no specific guideline as to when Covid-10 may meet the legal definition of a disability. You may be able to get more information from lawalways if you contact them as soon as possible.
What Are The Symptoms of Long Covid?
Lingering symptoms of the infection are called long Covid, and include lingering symptoms that can last for months after initial infection and can even worsen with physical and mental activity. Some of the symptoms include headache, dizziness when standing, fever, joint or muscle pain, cough, chest pain, lost of taste or smell, and fatigue, just to name a few. There are other complications that may follow, such as damage to several organs, such as the heart, lungs, brain, and kidneys.
Long Covid Having A Physical Or Mental Impairment
These are physical and mental disorders or conditions that affect the systems of the body, as well as mental or emotional health. These impairments can include damage to the lungs, kidneys, or heart, as well as neurological damage or emotional illness.
As a result of these conditions, a person’s life can be severely affected, especially in their daily activities. It can affect their sleeping patterns, walking, standing, even trying to concentrate on simple tasks. The normal operation of bodily functions can be affected too, such as the cardiovascular system, for example.
Can Long Covid Always Be Considered A Disability?
No, there is no blanket statement saying whether long Covid is always considered a disability. An individualized assessment is necessary to first make a determination as to a person’s health and how much the disease continues to affect a person’s life.
What Rights Are Afforded To Those Who Suffer from Long Covid?
These people are afforded the same protections against discrimination as any other person with a disability. That means that businesses and governments will have to adjust their operation methods in order to accommodate a person who suffers with long Covid. This can include providing additional time on tests for students, or allowing people with service animals to provide them with support when they feel dizzy.
It’s important to know what your rights are, especially if you’re still suffering with the aftereffects of long Covid. Be sure to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure they’re being protected.