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Impacts of Long Covid on Employment and the Economy

• Long Covid causes disability and unemployment

(theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/16/long-covid-what-are-you-entitled-to-if-you-cant-work-in-the-uk)

• Two million days of healthcare staff absences were lost to Long Covid during the first 18 months of the pandemic in England

(theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/24/long-covid-nearly-2m-days-lost-in-nhs-staff-absences-in-england)

• On average, healthcare staff absent with Long Covid are off for more than 80 days in England

(theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/24/long-covid-nearly-2m-days-lost-in-nhs-staff-absences-in-england)

• A US Long Covid group reports that 44% of those affected are out of work

(twitter.com/C19LH_Advocacy/status/1558231716468334592)

• The proportion of people unemployed and not seeking work due to Long Covid has doubled in the past year in the UK

(theguardian.com/business/2022/aug/04/number-of-economically-inactive-britons-with-long-covid-has-doubled-says-ons)

• Long Covid survey of nearly 4000 finds 45% required a reduced work schedule and 22% could not work due to illness

(Davis et al., 2021 doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2021.101019)

• 80,000 people estimated to have left employment due to Long Covid by March 2022 in UK

(Reuschke and Houston, 2022 doi: 10.1080/13504851.2022.2098239)

• 2.9 million people of working age in the UK have had, or currently have, Long Covid

(Reuschke and Houston, 202210.1080/13504851.2022.2098239)

• Long Covid is responsible for around 1/3 of unfilled jobs in the USA

(cnbc.com/2022/08/26/brookings-long-covid-keeps-millions-of-americans-out-of-workforce.html)

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