On April 5, President Biden issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to coordinate the first-ever interagency national research action plan on Long COVID, which is the condition of individuals continuing to experience prolonged illness from COVID-19. The administration recognizes that the symptoms of Long COVID are similar to those associated with other chronic medical conditions and is raising awareness of Long COVID as a cause of disability. In doing so, the administration acknowledges that COVID-19 continues to have an enormous impact on the lives of people with disabilities and will continue to center the voices of individuals with Long COVID in its response plan.
The Biden administration issued a fact sheet describing its Long COVID plan. According to the fact sheet, the plan will focus on delivering high-quality care for individuals experiencing Long COVID, making services and supports available for individuals experiencing Long COVID, and advancing the nation’s understanding of Long COVID.
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