US research results paint a more disturbing picture of long-term disability and economic damage more than two years after the coronavirus. Two to four million Americans, or 1.5 to 2 percent of working people, are at home due to ‘prolonged Covid’.
This means about $170 billion in damage to wage costs, not even counting healthcare costs. Xander Koolman, head of VU University’s Department of Health Economics, crunches the figures for the Netherlands and can’t believe his eyes.
Health economist David Cutler estimates post-Covid damage at 17 percent of national income. In the Netherlands, it would be 170 billion euros (although the Dutch situation requires a separate calculation). “Potentially significant consequences surrounded by great uncertainty,” Coleman writes on Twitter.
‘These numbers are so large that writing them down is a problem. That can’t be true, I wonder. Nevertheless, the figures are consistent with the figures we get from the UK. It’s important now to get more information on the table.’
Important new study from US on lung covid/post-covid economic damage.
Translated to NL: 120,000 – 240,000 people can’t work after covid. https://t.co/ib5y55laSS— Xander Koolman (@XanderKoolman) August 24, 2022
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