Old Uncle Joe Gives New Statement Concerning ‘Long Covid’

President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In the wake of new statements from Old Uncle Joe, the Biden administration will be allowing some Americans who have “long COVID” to classify the condition as a disability under federal law.

As part of an announcement seeking to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Uncle Joe and the White House stated that it would be supporting any individuals diagnosed with “long COVID”, which as per the CDC, involves “a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience four or more weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.” The condition shows the possible symptoms of fatigue, coughing, chest or stomach pain, and difficulty breathing.

The White House has stated that “long COVID can be a disability under various Federal civil rights laws” and released guidance “explaining that some individuals with long COVID may have a disability under various civil rights laws that entitles them to protection from discrimination.”

The guidance, which spoke about the civil rights offices of the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Health Services, explains:

Long COVID can be a disability under Titles II (state and local government) and III (public accommodations) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Section 1557). Each of these federal laws protects people with disabilities from discrimination.

It continues on stating that if long COVID “substantially limits one or more major life activities,” it could count as a disability under the ADA:

“Major life activities” include a wide range of activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, sitting, reaching, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, writing, communicating, interacting with others, and working. The term also includes the operation of a major bodily function, such as the functions of the immune system, cardiovascular system, neurological system, circulatory system, or the operation of an organ.

The term “substantially limits” is construed broadly under these laws and should not demand extensive analysis. The impairment does not need to prevent or significantly restrict an individual from performing a major life activity, and the limitations do not need to be severe, permanent, or long-term. 

A few examples of “reasonable modifications” that people with long COVID are entitled to include:

  • Providing additional time on a test for a student who has difficulty concentrating.
  • Modifying procedures so a customer who finds it too tiring to stand in line can announce their presence and sit down without losing their place in line.
  • Providing refueling assistance at a gas station for a customer whose joint or muscle pain prevents them from pumping their own gas.
  • Modifying a policy to allow a person who experiences dizziness when standing to be accompanied by their service animal that is trained to stabilize them.

Old Uncle Joe’s administration has stated that it has made federal healthcare programs a core aspect of its entire domestic agenda.

 

 

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