Bloomberg Law
Nov. 18, 2021, 10:00 AM

Long Covid’s Catch-22: Too Sick to Work, Yet Not Quite Disabled

Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler
Senior Reporter

There were symptoms she couldn’t remember, words she forgot how to spell, questions she couldn’t understand.

It all hit Brooke Keaton at once as she struggled to apply for disability benefits: At age 41, she may never work again.

“It’s coming to terms with the fact that there are things I have wanted for so long that I can’t have now,” said the Charlotte, N.C., resident, who lost her job as lead teacher at a day care center in April when health conditions related to Covid-19 prevented her from returning to work.

The federal government in July declared that long ...

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