Although many people with COVID-19 get better within weeks, some people continue to experience symptoms that can last months after first being infected, or may have new or recurring symptoms at a later time. This can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the initial illness was mild. People with this condition are sometimes called “long-haulers” and this condition is commonly known as “long COVID.”
For the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the White House published this comprehensive package of resources for people with disabilities, including people with long COVID. It included some of these resources from across the federal government:
- ACL has published a guide to the community-based resources that can help people if they now need assistance to live in their own home, go to work or school, or participate in the community. These resources can provide information about what is available locally, help people connect to services, such as transportation and personal care attendants; help arrange reasonable accommodations and access vaccinations; and more.
- The Office for Civil Rights at HHS and Department of Justice released guidance (available here and here) explaining that some individuals with long COVID may have a disability under various civil rights laws that entitles them to protection from discrimination.
- On Monday, Aug. 2, the White House Office of Public Engagement, in conjunction with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor, hosted A Conversation about Long COVID, to review the guidance, share information on how to access supports, and answer questions. If you missed it, you can watch the video here.
- The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor launched a new webpage that includes resources on long COVID organized by stakeholder groups, such as workers, youth and young adults, and employers. The resources include information on requesting and providing workplace accommodations for individuals with long COVID. In addition, ODEP released a blog discussing the impact of long COVID on workers with disabilities.
- CDC's COVID-19 resource site has a page with information on post-COVID conditions.
- The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services have published a resource, Long COVID under Section 504 and the IDEA: A Resource to Support Children, Students, Educators, Schools, Service Providers, and Families.
- The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) has launched a dashboard that shows how many millions of Americans are estimated to be experiencing "long COVID" symptoms. The dashboard includes breakdowns by state and county.
We'll continue to add resources to this page and we'd love to add resources from across the aging and disability networks -- please share yours!