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Long COVID may be causing 1.6 million Americans to miss work amid the labor shortage

Added 01-16-22 04:14:02pm EST - “Workers suffering from long COVID could account for 15% of the US labor market's unfilled jobs, according to the Brookings Institute.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Long COVID may be causing 1.6 million Americans to miss work amid the labor shortage”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An estimated 1.6 million Americans could be missing from the workforce due to long COVID, according to a new report from the Brookings Institute. 

COVID-19 long haulers can experience debilitating symptoms for weeks, months, or even years after infection with the coronavirus. Early research indicates that 10 to 30 percent of coronavirus patients develop long COVID, but the economic impact is still uncertain. 

One in seven working-age Americans may have experienced, or be experiencing, lingering COVID-19 symptoms, according to CDC data. Two studies measuring the effects of long COVID on workers found that 23% and 28% of patients surveyed had stopped working due to the condition. 

That means over one million Americans could have been out of work at once due to long COVID. The additional five million missing jobs calculated in the Brookings Institute report account for workers who may reduce their hours but not stop working completely. 

Those calculations rely on a number of assumptions due to the lack of data surrounding long COVID, the author points out. 

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