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female office workers wearing mask while working at socially distanced workstations Employers will need to assess how long COVID is likely to impact their workforce and proactively address workforce absenteeism and employee capability assessments. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employers have faced tremendous business disruptions due to the pandemic. And they’re not out of the woods yet. Long COVID is affecting a significant number of workers – 15-30% of those who recovered from COVID-19. With so many unknowns and so many employees impacted, businesses will yet again need to make vital decisions without as much information as they would need or like.

Long COVID can affect almost any system in the body. It causes a range of symptoms including fatigue, memory fog (“COVID brain”), shortness of breath, anxiety, and depression – all of which can persist from weeks to months, even in mild cases of infection. Neither accurate diagnoses nor optimal treatment plans are easy to come by.

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