Somehow, with covid deaths > 1M, excess deaths an integer multiple of that
The study, published Tuesday by New York’s largest workers’ compensation insurer, found that during the first two years of the pandemic, about 71 percent of people the fund classified as experiencing long Covid either required continuing medical treatment or were unable to work for six months or more. More than a year after contracting the coronavirus, 18 percent of long Covid patients had still not returned to work, more than three-fourths of them younger than 60, the analysis found.
“Long Covid has harmed the work force,” said the report, by the New York State Insurance Fund, a state agency financed by employer-paid premiums. The findings, it added, “highlight long Covid as an underappreciated yet important reason for the many unfilled jobs and declining labor participation rate in the economy, and they presage a possible reduction in productivity as employers feel the strains of an increasingly sick work force. "
... The Government Accountability Office estimated that long Covid has affected 7.7 million to 23 million people in the United States.
... the report reflects only a slice of the work force: employees with workplace exposure to the virus who are knowledgeable enough about workers’ compensation to file claims. It might include employees who are younger or sicker than the overall working population, while also missing other workers with long Covid, said Ms. Bach, whose own research suggests that about 500,000 people in the United States are currently not working because of long Covid.
And I remember, in January 2020 I got really, really sick with some crazy respiratory thing as well. I thought it was the regular 'flu, which I'd not had for 7 or 8 years, so I wasn't surprised.
I remember thinking, I wonder if this is that new virus thing in China, and is it spreading here (Canada) already.
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