Long COVID and return to work

Long COVID and return to work

While many individuals with Long COVID can manage their symptoms and return to work, some may require transitional return to work or workplace accommodations.

Common symptoms of Long COVID

Possible Accommodations

Source: Job Accommodation Network, find more accommodations here.

Shortness of breath or cough

Reduce physical exertion

Allow rest breaks

Reduce work triggers, if any

Allow telework


Allow rest breaks

Allow a flexible schedule

Allow telework

Cognitive issues or “brain fog”

Provide a quiet workspace

Allow use of noise cancellation or white noise

Provide uninterrupted work time

Provide memory aids such as flowcharts and check lists


Reduce workplace triggers, if any

Provide alternative lighting

Reduce glare

Allow a flexible schedule


Flexible schedule

Modified break schedule

Rest area/private space

Muscle pain

Allow rest breaks

Reduce the physical demands of the job

Provide an ergonomic workstation

When Sun Life initiates a discussion about transitional return to work or an accommodation for a member, we will clearly define what they need and what is being asked of you. 

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