US President Joe Biden says those who suffer from 'long COVID' could qualify for disability
United States President Joe Biden speaks during an event marking the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC.
President Biden said those with "prolonged COVID" could qualify for disability benefits.
Long-term COVID is defined as symptoms that last weeks or months after recovery from COVID-19, according to the CDC.
In individual examinations it would be examined whether symptoms significantly reduce the quality of life.
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United States President Joe Biden said Monday that those with long-term COVID-19 symptoms could qualify for disability assistance and receive additional help and resources under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"Many Americans who seem to be recovering from the virus are still facing ongoing challenges such as breathing problems, brain fog, chronic pain and fatigue," he said in his address in the rose garden in commemoration of Jan.
"These conditions can sometimes lead to a disability," he added.
"Long-term COVID" is defined as "new or persistent symptoms" that, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), persist for weeks or months, including after recovery from COVID-19. One study says that up to one in three people infected with COVID-19 could experience long-term effects after recovering, Insider reported.
The US has recorded more than 34 million COVID-19 cases at the time of writing, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
But not everyone suffering from protracted COVID-19 symptoms would qualify for a disability, noted the Department of Health and Justice Department's civil rights division.
"An individualized assessment is necessary to determine whether a person's long COVID condition or one of their symptoms significantly restricts an important life activity," says a guide published on Monday.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities. The law guarantees people with disabilities equal opportunities in areas such as employment, housing and transport.
There are more than 60 million adults with disabilities in the United States, according to the CDC.
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