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“Public health and economics experts have almost no understanding of long COVID’s economic burden,” says Katie Bach.

Long COVID” is one of those terms that gets lost in the conversation about COVID-19 patients. — a fact that The Brookings Institution acknowledges in a recent report linking a range of debilitating symptoms in patients to the current labor shortage in the United States.

“[W]e know little about these people — how many there are, why they stay sick, or what the impact is on their lives,” writes Katie Bach, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Metro, in a report titled “Is ‘long COVID’ worsening the labor shortage?” “Among these knowledge gaps is the fact that public health and economics experts have almost no understanding of long COVID’s economic burden.”

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