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Long Covid is keeping significant numbers of people out of work, study finds

By Pam Belluck

24 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The New York Times reports on research that analyzed workers' claims and found that 71% of claimants with long Covid were unable to work for over half a year and needed continuing medical treatment.

Long COVID is having a significant effect on America’s workforce, preventing substantial numbers of people from going back to work while others continue needing medical care long after returning to their jobs, according to a new analysis of workers’ compensation claims in New York state.

The study, published Tuesday by New York’s largest workers’ compensation insurer, found that during the first two years of the pandemic, about 71% of people the fund classified as experiencing long COVID either required continuing medical treatment or were unable to work for six months or more. More than a year after contracting the coronavirus, 18% of long COVID patients had still not returned to work, more than three-fourths of them younger than 60, the analysis found.

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