The departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Justice rolled out guidance making clear that symptoms of "long COVID-19" could qualify as a disability under the federal civil rights law.
The guidance makes clear that long COVID-19 is not automatically a disability and that an "individualized assessment" is necessary to determine whether a person's long-term symptoms or condition "substantially limits a major life activity."
The Administration for Community Living at HHS also released a guide outlining services provided by community-based organizations to help individuals experiencing long-term symptoms after contracting COVID-19.
Additionally, the Education Department released a resource document including information about the responsibilities of schools and public agencies when it comes to providing services and "reasonable modifications" for children and students for whom long-term COVID-19 symptoms qualify as a disability.
Finally, the Labor Department launched a new webpage that includes information and links for workers experiencing long COVID-19, like information on employee benefits.