Teachers dealing with the often-devastating impact of long Covid are not protected by legislation. Dr Patrick Roach urges everyone to get behind a new campaign to change this...

More than one million people in the UK are now living with long Covid, but the existing legislation to protect workers fails to recognise the condition as a disability.

Given the scale of the condition and its devastating and enduring consequences, it is clear that this must change. The NASUWT has launched a campaign to rectify this injustice. We are seeking to achieve legal recognition for long Covid as a disability under the Equality Act.

Alarmingly, data from the Office of National Statistics has confirmed that rates of long Covid among teachers and education support staff are second only to workers in the NHS (ONS, 2021).

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