Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557

On this 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we recognize the ongoing challenges to full equality, including COVID-19’s devastating and disproportionate impact on people with disabilities.  As many people find themselves with long-lasting effects from COVID, we are committed to making sure that people understand their rights under federal nondiscrimination laws. 

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are jointly publishing guidance that explains when “long COVID” may be a disability under the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.  This new guidance document is available here.