Over a year since the first shut down, and the windy road to a pre-pandemic world remains bumpy. For employers, this means responding to yet another COVID-19 occupational health concern arising from long-haul COVID-19 symptoms.
These symptoms manifest in tens of thousands of individuals who survived the fight against COVID-19, only to be faced with lingering effects and symptoms, despite negative COVID-19 test results.
In the medical field, this condition is called Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 or PASC, also known as long-COVID-19 or long-haul COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes these symptoms as those that persist more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
Long-haul symptoms include ongoing fatigue, ‘brain fog,’ difficulty sleeping, loss of smell and taste, joint pain, shortness of breath, and coughing per the American Medical Association. These symptoms may also include palpitations, headaches, dizziness, muscle pain, anxiety, and depression.