Understanding and Addressing Long COVID and Its Health and Economic Consequences
On Tuesday, July 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will hold a hybrid hearing on understanding and addressing Long COVID and its consequences. A public health expert, an economist, and a patient advocate will testify to the impacts of Long COVID, and how the federal government can help Americans managing Long COVID as the nation continues to move beyond the coronavirus crisis.
Long COVID has affected millions of Americans, sometimes causing serious, long-term health issues that have forced people out of the workforce and interfered with daily life. A recent federal government estimate indicates that nearly 1 in 5 adults who have previously been infected with the coronavirus are still experiencing symptoms of Long COVID, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction (e.g., “brain fog”), and chronic pain, among others. Approximately 1 million Americans may have been pushed out of work because of the condition, causing them to lose wages and, in some cases, employer-based health insurance. Many Americans face difficulties in receiving a diagnosis and treatment due to a lack of awareness and barriers to care.
Ms. Cynthia Adinig
Long COVID Patient and Advocate
Ms. Katie Bach
Former Managing Director, Good Jobs Institute
Ms. Hannah Davis
Co-founder, Patient-Led Research Collaborative
Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez
Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Director of COVID Recovery Clinic at University Health, University of Texas Health San Antonio,