HHS, DOJ Classify Long COVID as a Disability

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released guidance on how the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) now applies to "long COVID" (or "long-haulers"). These terms are broadly used to refer to those who experience long-term symptoms--typically defined as weeks and months--from COVID-19 infection.

In the guidance, HHS and DOJ relay how long COVID can be classified as a disability under federal law, and what the subsequent ramifications are of those protections.