“Long COVID” is a physiological condition that will affect one or more of the body systems including the neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, and circulatory systems. Because of the range of symptoms, long COVID can be both a mental and physical impairment under disability law. Here are a few examples:
- A person with long COVID who has lung damage may experience shortness of breath, fatigue, and related effects.
- A person with long COVID who has gastrointestinal damage may experience intestinal pain, vomiting, and nausea.
- A person with long COVID who experiences neurological effects may experience memory lapses and “brain fog” that impacts their brain function, concentration, or thinking.
Federal ADA guidance like this is used by Oregon agencies and courts in applying state disability protections. As a result, employers with six or more employees in Oregon should follow these new guidelines in evaluating requests for accommodations of long COVID.
To navigate the process of determining and confirming that an employee with long COVID symptoms is entitled to a reasonable accommodation, contact Charlotte Hodde or Amy Angel at 503-228-0500, or at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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