The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new disease with many unknowns. This crippling disease can wreak havoc on your body, and especially your respiratory system. While the medical field works diligently to discover a cure and learn more about this deadly virus, some survivors of COVID may be left unable to work because of their condition afterward. Social Security Disability may be able to help compensate those who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19.
Can You Collect Social Security for a Coronavirus-Related Disability?
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are in place to help those who are unable to work in most industries because of an injury or disability. There is much we do not know about the longterm effects and recovery for severe COVID-19 cases. Although many people recover 2-6 weeks after symptoms subside; those who needed ventilators or other, more extreme rehabilitation measures may have a harder recovery period which may include not being able to work.
The Social Security Act defines disability strictly and does not provide temporary or partial benefits like workers’ compensation does. To collect, one must prove that they meet the requirements of the Social Security Act. According to the SSA website, a person is considered disabled under this Act if they can’t work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or result in death. This medical condition must prevent them from being able to do work they have done in the past. Additionally, it must prevent them from adjusting to other work.
WHO Information Regarding Recovery from COVID-19
The World Health Organization informed the public during a statement in March that about 1-in-5 people infected with COVID would likely need hospitalization and treatment. This means that roughly 80% of those impacted by the coronavirus will likely have a less severe period of recovery. Because of this, 2-6 weeks could be all the recovery time needed for most people. But for survivors of more severe cases, especially those with pre-existing conditions, it may take much longer. Your physician may be able to give you a better estimate of recovery time.