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Long COVID: Economic effects

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When patients are sick, productivity is lost.

Apart from lower quality of life in patients, long COVID could become a huge loss to the American economy as a large number of patients leave the workforce to deal with illness over time. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, FAAPMR, specializes in brain injury medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation at UT Health San Antonio, and is a volunteer leader and member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. As a physician and as a long COVID patient, Verduzco-Gutierrez has become an advocate for medical and policy solutions to help patients deal with the disease.


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