Teachers call for long Covid to be recognised as a disability

Teachers are asking for long Covid to be legally recognised as a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

Long Covid is when people who have contracted Covid-19 continue to have a number of lingering symptoms for weeks or even months after they begin to recover. Its medical name is post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC).

The new campaign is being led by the NASUWT and was launched at its recent Disabled Teachers’ Consultation Conference.

According to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS, 2021), at least one million people in the UK were living with Long Covid as of May 2, more than a third of whom (376,000) had had Covid at least a year previously.

Two-thirds of the sufferers (about 650,000) said the condition was affecting their day-to-day activities with the most common symptoms being fatigue (547,000 people), followed by shortness of breath (405,000), muscle ache (313,000), and difficulty concentrating (285,000).

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