COVID-19 Infection and Long COVID – Guide for Workers


This guide published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is for recovering workers and is designed to help those in a job, those looking for work and starting a new job.


It covers keeping in touch with an employer, managing a phased return and the support offered by occupational health services.


For many people, returning to work is an important part of the recovery process, even if means reduced hours and changes to work patterns and duties as you get back on your feet.

‘Long COVID’ is a term that is used if after four weeks your symptoms continue and prevent you from doing normal activities. Research studies estimate that one in five people has symptoms after five weeks, and 1 in 10 has symptoms for 12 weeks or longer after acute COVID-19.


Guidance is set out under the following headings:

  • During your illness.

  • Returning to work.

  • Examples of adjustments to work duties.

  • How occupational health services can help.

  • Employers' overall responsibilities.

The guidance is available here.


EU-OSHA July 2021



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