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Impacts of Long Covid on Employment and the Economy

• Long Covid causes disability and unemployment


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


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


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


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


• 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


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