Clearly a quiet week over at Acas Towers, judging by all the detailed advice and reasoned analysis which doesn’t feature in its new two-page guidance note on long Covid (also referred to in the guidance as “long-tail Covid”, which is the same but with more feathers).
The main thrust of the guidance is notionally to address the question of whether long Covid is a disability for Equality Act purposes. Its debilitating effect in some cases is clear from press coverage, and the Acas guidance refers you through to some NHS information about symptoms which includes extreme fatigue, “brain-fog” (problems with memory and concentration), joint pain, insomnia, depression/anxiety, tinnitus and others. Some or all of these either alone or coupled with other lesser side-effects could certainly have the required substantial adverse effect upon normal activity. But is the complaint long term, in the sense that it has lasted or is expected to last for twelve months, or will reoccur over a person’s life?