As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, the probability of employees developing long-term COVID-19 increases. Employers may face compliance risks when that happens, particularly regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Medical certification and documentation require careful thought, as there aren’t standard procedures for diagnosing the condition.
Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention
The most common symptoms of long COVID are difficulty concentrating, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid heart rate, loss of sense of smell and taste, anxiety, and depression, said Dr. Jeff Levin-Scherz, managing director and population health leader with WTW in Belmont, Mass.
The severity of each symptom ranges greatly, he noted. Many people see the substantial resolution of their symptoms over several months, but for some, the symptoms persist longer.