In two of my previous Newsletters — 2020 Issues 8 and 14 — I discussed the long-term impact of COVID and the fact that con­ditions associated with the virus may continue even after a change in symp­tom­atology to the point where individuals who have been infected believe they are once again functioning at a higher level.

On March 23, 2021, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman pro­posed leg­is­­­lation (effec­tive only in the state of New York [S 5927 A]) which would cre­ate a COVID-19 Health Registry.  The registry drafted is modeled after the World Trade Center Health Registry and would be for the pur­pose of ob­taining information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on peo­ple who have been exposed and their current state of health.

The information currently available regarding COVID-19 infections — par­ticu­larly with regard to LONG COVID and the people referred to as “long haulers” — is very narrow and does not provide a com­plete picture as to the cure rate and the impact of the disease in view of the latent manifes­ta­tion of impair­ments or limitations.

In my two newsletters cited — again, 2020 Issues 8 and 14 — I ad­dressed the latency of the virus’s long-term impact, which in­cludes problems related to the heart, memory, pulmonary system and other body parts.  The registry being proposed by New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, as mentioned, is for the purpose of obtaining information — infor­mation which is more

clin­i­cally directed to help LONG COVID patients so that a medi­cal plan is in place to deal with their symptomatology and restrictions, and to ensure there is no minimization of the virus’s impact on workers and/or their families.

I have attached the legislation regarding the registry proposed by New York State Sen­ator Brad Hoylman.  It is important to note that participation by COVID patients in the proposed registry designed to monitor the long-term health impact of COVID-19 would be on a voluntary basis.  The information garnered will be for both the physical and mental impacts of COVID-19, and it will provide some empirical data for the medical com­­munity to identify and provide appropriate care to cure or relieve the impact of COVID on affected individuals.

The thought is that consideration should be given to the creation of a volun­tary COVID registry.  The language used in the proposed legislation may meet the threshold of accept­ability for California legislation as well.  This legislation will help to protect ALL California workers and demonstrate the continued movement to protect all workers in California.