The advent of Chronic COVID Syndrome


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While the majority of those who contract COVID eventually “recover” — many report difficulty returning to full health. They still have fatigue, body aches, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, inability to exercise, headaches, and insomnia.

From Harvard Medical School, Jan. 2021:

‘Recent studies find that more than 50% of people who “recover” from COVID remain hobbled by symptoms 3-6 months later. They can’t return to work. They can’t fulfill their responsibilities at home. They’re being called “long haulers.” Such lingering symptoms have been reported following “recovery” from a number of other infectious illnesses, including mono, Lyme disease and SARS (caused by a coronavirus). So it’s not surprising that similar residual effects develop following COVID.’

In other words, it’s plausible that tens of thousands in Canada may never be the same again.

WCB’s costs were rising by $100M/year pre-pandemic. And now COVID is contributing to a record jump in work-related psych injuries (anxiety, depression, PTSD) and time-loss claims for lung damage, sudden-onset autoimmune disorders and cognitive deficits.

All this amounts to higher WCB premiums and further disability-driven business disruption. Blue Collar helps employers prepare for the difficult times ahead.

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Ben Barfett, Principal and Consultant, has spent his life in the construction sector, specifically heavy civil, enviro, commercial, and energy. Having held senior roles in business development, technical advisory, and regional management, he earned his stripes in the field and in head office. Conscious of the interplay between commercial, legal, and execution aspects of construction, his business insights are informed by expertise in WCB policy and enhanced with disability-specific training.

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Blue Collar Consulting is a WCB and disability management firm. The company specializes in rapid and affordable disability solutions that advance current claims, contain the cost of future claims, and get injured workers back on their feet.