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Long COVID, Vaccine Side Effects, Employees, and the Insurance Industry

Many American employees enjoy healthcare benefits and medical privacy through many different laws by state and federal governments that eliminate discrimination in the workplace and create other privacy issues and employee standards. However, with SARS-CoV-2, the privacy and workplace environment requirements are changing and will continue to change. Some of the current issues that employers, employees, and insurance companies will be forced to deal with are.

  • vaccine policies,
  • long COVID illnesses,
  • unvaccinated and vaccinated benefit coverage, and
  • vaccine injuries or disabilities.

Although there are many issues to discuss, let’s review long COVID and vaccine side effects.

Long COVID

There are likely to be tens of thousands of long COVID patients suffering in silence, unsure that their symptoms are connected to COVID-19.

~Athena Akrami, Ph.D., University College London, July 2021

The term “long COVID” was created in the spring of 2020 to describe conditions individuals affected by SARS-CoV-2 may have for several weeks or months. The requirements can be classified as mild or severe with constant or periodical occurrence with various illnesses for confirmed and unconfirmed cases of COVID-19. During 2020, there were 66 symptoms recorded that can affect both adults and children, with claims that there remains a lot to learn about the conditions on how long COVID will impact daily life or long-term health.

The symptoms for long COVID can include the following:

  • autoimmune
  • brain fog
  • breathlessness
  • cardiovascular effects
  • chest heaviness
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • long-term health impairment
  • mental health problems
  • muscle aches
  • skin rashes
  • pins and needles
  • poor memory and concentration
  • organ damage
  • palpitations
  • persistent fatigue

Although the terms are used and conditions are documented, the information has not been defined for use in research, clinical diagnosis, or surveillance of the disease, which will continue to impact the insurance industry’s ability to set standards.

Vaccine Side Effects

Vaccinated employees’ short-term and long-term effects from the vaccines and booster shots will remain unknown for everyone worldwide and the insurance industry. It typically takes 10–15 years to approve a vaccine to determine the effectiveness and risks. This, in return, allows insurance companies to create policies with costs that are adjusted to illnesses that may result from vaccines. However, the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines were developed quickly, and the current side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines are being discovered, researched, and documented as the vaccines and booster shots are given. The challenge for insurers will be determining which side effects are eligible to be covered immediately, short-term, long-term, or not at all.

Documented from various research from Israel, United Kingdom, United States, the Journal of Infection, and the Journal of Neurology some of the side effects from vaccines as of September 2021 are.

  • antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE)
  • appendicitis
  • blood clots
  • damage organs
  • death
  • demyelinating diseases
  • herpes zoster infection
  • lymphadenopathy
  • menstrual changes
  • myocarditis
  • nerve disorder

What happens next?

With all the uncertainties, over the next decade, there will be many issues arising with insurance organizations, employers, and employees that will affect coverage, cost, and employee performance issues. A few areas are highlighted in this section to think about over the next few years.

Research

Research from the past and in the future on SARS-CoV-2, long COVID, vaccines, and booster shots will impact insurance coverage for employees. There will most likely be classifications for the researchers soon that will create awareness for the insurance industry. The definitions of the employee classifications could be defined as below.

  • Fully vaccinated employees.
  • Fully vaccinated employees with booster shots.
  • Vaccinated employees with one vaccine shot.
  • Natural immunity with no vaccine, employees who survived COVID-19.
  • Natural immunity with vaccines. Employees who survived COVID-19 and participated in the vaccination program.
  • Exempt employees that survived COVID-19 who have no antibodies.
  • Exempt employees who survived COVID-19 that have antibodies.
  • Exempt employees.

Exempt Employees

The number of individuals and groups that have been granted exemptions is increasing and will continue to grow. Currently, pro sports leagues will not follow the vaccine mandate but will implement a testing program, and some foreign professional athletes have received an exemption from the U.S. federal government. Why? The sporting industry produces billions of dollars yearly globally. Therefore, the exemptions make sense to protect the players from injury or death from vaccines or booster shots. Other employee groups include USPS workers waived under the executive order because it’s an independent agency. The agency has yet to decide its vaccine policy. Why? One might guess, since the union supplies American politicians with millions of dollars for campaign funding each year, it has the power to make its own decisions.

Dr. Jacqueline B. Langhttps://www.drjacquelinelang.com/
Dr. Jacqueline Lang, MBA, MPA, MSED has 20+ years of leadership experience in a variety of industries (manufacturing, services, politics, and education). Her career has been within Fortune 50, 500, 1000 and private organizations across the U.S. and in higher education. As well as a U.S. Congressional Campaign Manager. Along with serving in the United States Army Reserves. She currently divides her time as a Business Professor & Small Business Owner in the Cannabis Industry. #Entrepreneurship - #e-commerce - #educator - #BoardMember.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting article Dr. Lang, thank you for sharing. The worst part is the weaponization of fear. Both Covid and vaccines alike have been exploited by the media and their grubby business partners in D.C. It’s disgusting how they exacerbate hysteria and spin the needle of confusion. Now they push their anxiety into the workplace and make demands on people who are simply trying to grasp the truth. Evidently there is a vast fortune to be milked out this cow. Everyone must take their fair share… big government, big pharma, big tech, mainstream media… because suffering and misery equals financial gain for the elitist machinery. Yes, there are many long-term ramifications from both Covid and potentially from vaccines. It depends on the person and circumstances, case by case, but people on both sides (red and blue) are fed up with the lies, lecturing and innuendo. They are now manufacturing an agenda that suggests unvaccinated people are dangerous… that they should be stigmatized for their personal beliefs. So be it. The game is dirty, but let’s not forget it was the esteemed scientist who created a killer virus in a lab and unleashed it upon society… and then lied about it. Whether intentional or accidental, the global impact has been devastating.

    It’s a terrible notion that we are throwing unvaccinated people under the bus while scores of illegal immigrants stream across our southern borders without being checked for Covid. The hypocrisy and ignorance is breathtaking. Our incompetent government is far more dangerous than the disease itself. Lest we forget that Dr. Anthony Fauci himself was behind the funding and research of Covid-related diseases in Wuhan, yet that will not stop him from cashing in on his latest book tour. Voters should be outraged. Our government and world health experts need to stop censoring the truth. Perhaps they believe we are all stupid sheep, but they are mistaken… a medical degree does not give one license to assume the role of God. Research and development of this twisted nature needs to end. Period. There must be a reckoning. The better half of the scientific community needs to speak up and demand accountability. People can and should decide for themselves what is best for their body, not some bloated bureaucratic entity. As well, there must be an international outcry demanding an end to such Frankenstein research. That is the bitter truth, conflated statistics be damned. Respectfully…

  2. Great article, though have we considered what side-effects are produced by a diminished immune as wells as mental capacity? Stress-related dis-ease is perhaps an un-diagnosed aspect that surfaces in most, if not all, the symptoms you relate above. These are not COVID-related, though they are caused by the thoughtmospheric conditions we face today. The unprepared or unaware are even more impacted by the fear-laden narratives the world is getting pummeled by, imho.

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