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Man getting covid vaccinne from health care professional Prevention and early treatment in the event of infection can reduce the costly consequences of severe disease. (Photo: Iakov Filimonov/Shutterstock)

Although the pandemic may be receding, the costs of the disease continue to be severe. A new study by health data analytics company Springbuk has estimated that in the six months following a diagnosis, patients hospitalized for COVID-19 cost their employers a total of $34,851 more than they otherwise would have.

More mild cases also resulted in higher-than-expected costs. Over the same period of time, patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 but not hospitalized cost their employers a total of $1,037 more than expected.

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