When an employee feels ill, they generally call in sick. Pre 2020, this would usually have been for just a day or two. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, these ‘days’ have become weeks, or even months, causing a significant cost for many organisations.
COVID has had a significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing, and as an employer it’s important to understand to what extent this pandemic has had on employees.
Even if your employees were lucky enough not to catch COVID, they were all thrown into nationwide lockdowns. Then there’s those who did catch COVID and are still suffering now. This is referred to as long COVID.
Long COVID describes the symptoms and effects of COVID that last longer than four weeks. There are lots of symptoms, some of the common ones include1:
It’s important to remember everyone reacts to COVID differently. And likewise, everyone recovers from COVID at different rates. But by supporting employees, and allowing them to recover at their own pace, you can actively contribute to removing the risk of a relapse.
Top ways you can support employees with long COVID2:
Even if someone starts to feel better, there’s a chance they may not be out of the woods yet.
If you feel as though your employee could benefit from seeing a doctor recommend that they book an appointment with their NHS GP, or a Doctor Care Anywhere GP.
Last reviewed 1st August 2022.