COVID-19 long-haulers could be protected under the ADA

People with lingering side effects from COVID-19 may be able to get help soon.

On Monday, President Joe Biden marked the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by stating that some long-term symptoms of COVID-19, such as breathing problems, chronic pain and fatigue, could be considered a disability under federal civil rights laws.

The announcement could help Michelle Drohan of Lake Wiley. “I never want anyone to go through what I had go through, what my family had to go through. It’s awful,” she said.

Drohan contracted COVID-19 in January and is still battling some of the symptoms from the virus.

>> In the video at the top of this page, Channel 9 anchor Damany Lewis talks to Drohan and the head of women’s neurology at Novant Health to learn more about “long-hauler syndrome” and what’s being done to help the people who suffer from it.

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