President Biden has announced that some Americans experiencing long-term effects of COVID-19 may qualify for disability resources and protections from the federal government.
The announcement comes as the long-term symptoms of the virus, what some call “long COVID,” shape up to be a major public health issue.
“We are bringing agencies together to make sure Americans with long COVID, who have a disability, have access to the rights and resources that are due under disability law,” Biden said.
Under guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, long COVID can qualify as a disability under federal civil rights laws if it “substantially limits one or more major life activities.”
This means individuals with long COVID symptoms that rise to a disability are entitled to resources and protection from discrimination under federal disability laws.