One in four workers in the United Kingdom suffers prolonged symptoms of coronavirus, a figure that derives that almost half of the companies have had problems of absenteeism in the last year, according to a study by a human resources organization revealed Tuesday.
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), 46% of surveyed companies had workers who experienced symptoms of prolonged coronavirus, also called “long Covid”.
The consequences of prolonged coronavirus do not have to do with persistent viral activity but with the inflammation that caused the virus in the body and these symptoms may include extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, dizziness, problems with concentration and memory, joint pain and bad mood, among others.
“Some employees may be losing vital support from their employer or may not feel confident about how to reveal any issues and get the right support”
The ICPD study covered 804 companies representing more than 4.3 employees. Of that total, 26%, one in four, said they had missed their job because of these consequences in the last twelve months.
That’s why the ICPD, an association of human resources professionals, warned that companies should do more to support employees with the condition.
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– ICPD (@ICPD) February 8, 2022
The study also showed that a fifth of these employers, 20%, said they did not know if the reason for the absence from work was due to prolonged coronavirus. Thus, says CIPD, companies…