International Journal of Integrated Medical Research
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the emergence of long COVID, a condition in which patients report persistent symptoms after recovering from acute SARS-CoV-2 infection. A review conducted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) suggests that long COVID may actually consist of four different syndromes: post-intensive care syndrome, post-viral fatigue syndrome, and long-term COVID syndrome. The absence of a clear definition for this condition may lead to under-recognition and under-treatment of the symptoms experienced by those affected. Moreover, existing programs designed for neuro diverse individuals may be adapted to support the growing neuro acquired population. Communication strategies, such as providing processing time and visual aids, can be useful in workplace settings. Additionally, offering group communication assistance and using plain language and visual signposts can help minimize stress and increase understanding. Providing clear agendas, specific instructions, and feedback that is both direct and positive can also help individuals with long COVID to adjust and perform better in the workplace. Finally, taking into account communication preferences and the availability of virtual communication platforms can help alleviate anxiety for neuro diverse individuals. Understanding the nuances of long COVID and its impact on individuals and the workplace can help healthcare providers and employers provide the support and accommodations necessary for this growing population.
Hutson, Piper and Hutson, James, "Utilizing Neurodiverse Workplace Strategies to Support the Growing Population of Long COVID Cases in a Neuroinclusive Workplace: A Paradigm Shift for Neuroacquired Employees" (2023). Faculty Scholarship. 473.