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Recent research suggests that as many as 16 million Americans suffer from “long COVID,” a manifestation of COVID-19 infections that cause long-term symptoms in those who have it. Government officials are expressing concern about the effect on the workforce, with 2-to-4 million Americans possibly unable to work at any given time.

Long COVID was recognized relatively early in the COVID-19 pandemic, however, researchers continue to assess the condition and what it will mean for the workplace and in peoples’ personal lives. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), people with Long COVID have disease symptoms that persist for weeks or months after their initial COVID-19 infection.

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