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Biden pushes for long COVID sufferers to be protected by law

Published Jul 26, 2021 12:56PM ET Updated Jul 26, 2021 02:42PM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during an event to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the White House Rose Garden in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden said Monday the White House is pushing for people with long-term symptoms of COVID-19 to be protected against discrimination, as he marked the anniversary of a landmark law for people with disabilities.

U.S. agencies will coordinate to ensure people suffering from severe long-term health problems are protected after the end of their infections with the novel coronavirus, he said.

"Many Americans who seemingly recovered from the virus still face lingering challenges like breathing problems, brain fog, chronic pain or fatigue," Biden said. "These conditions can sometimes rise to the level of a disability."

Around one in 10 COVID-19 patients are still unwell 12 weeks after their acute infection, and many suffer symptoms for far longer, according to a World Health Organization-led report published in February.

Biden spoke at a Rose Garden event celebrating the 31st anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities in public accommodation, employment, transportation and community living. Nearly 57 million Americans had some form of disability in 2010, the U.S. Census bureau reported.

The new effort will be aimed at making sure people with those long-term COVID-19 symptoms "have access to the rights and resources that are due under the disability law," Biden said.

That could include mandating new accommodations for those disabilities at restaurants, in workplaces, at school and in the healthcare system.

The White House did not immediately provide additional details on the program.

"This was a Democratic bill signed by a Republican president," Biden said. "For our nation, the ADA is more than a law" he said. "It's a testament to our character as a people, our character as Americans."

The effort comes as the fast-spreading Delta variant and slower uptake of vaccines has threatened to derail the administration's efforts to control the pandemic.

Biden pushes for long COVID sufferers to be protected by law
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jul 26, 2021 6:49PM ET
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Seems the opposite of how the unvaccinated are discriminated against now. Just more democrat dementia.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Jul 26, 2021 4:07PM ET
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The only thing biden can push is the kids in his room
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon Jul 26, 2021 3:18PM ET
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I seriously can wait to go on disability due to covid long term. lol money money money. gov is so stupid
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jul 26, 2021 2:23PM ET
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What about those disabled by partisan conspiracy theories? CDC should offer treatment for that.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Jul 26, 2021 2:23PM ET
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The conspiracy theorists are the Democrats say asking for ID to vote is racist.
Keith Brown
Keith Brown Jul 26, 2021 2:12PM ET
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No reason we should be reaching new highs rn
Ed Kutch
Ed Kutch Jul 26, 2021 2:02PM ET
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so if they know the new numbers of people infected with COVID-19....what is the number of new infected persons that have been vaccinated already???
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Jul 26, 2021 1:30PM ET
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What about those affected with vaccine side-effects?
Matt Brackley
Matt Brackley Jul 26, 2021 1:30PM ET
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shhhhhh
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Josh Davis Jul 26, 2021 1:30PM ET
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They get nothing as unfortunately people in experiments get hurt. Its a joke honestly
 
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