“Long Covid is likely keeping a lot of Americans out of the workforce, experts say, and that could continue for years as people struggle with persistent health problems,” Tina Reed and Emily Peck write over at Axios. “The big picture: Long Covid isn’t confined to older patients, and its symptoms can vary. The U.S. also doesn’t have particularly strong support systems for people who need long-term Covid treatment. 1.6 million workers could be missing from the labor market right now because of long COVID, accounting for upwards of 15% of unfilled jobs, according to an estimate from Katie Bach, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. This makes every aspect of the labor shortage ‘more severe,’ she told Axios. Details: Studies have estimated long Covid prevalence falls anywhere from 5% to 60% of Covid cases. Splitting the difference at 30%, more than 22 million Americans may be suffering from long Covid symptoms, according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.” Tina Reed and Emily Peck, “Long Covid is contributing to America’s labor shortage,” Axios.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.