Up to 4 million people may be out of work due to long Covid, new research suggests

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Up to 4 million people may be out of work because of long Covid in the U.S, according to a report published this week by the Brookings Institution.

In lost wages, that could add up to at least $170 billion per year, the report suggests.

the Brookings report determined that 2 million to 4 million people in the U.S. are working less or not at all because of their illness.

“This is a shocking number,” said Katie Bach, the report’s author and a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings.

“If this looks like other post-viral illnesses, some people will recover, but there will be this big stock of people who don’t, and it will just continue to grow over time,” she said.

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