May 7, 2020 - Health
Coronavirus hospitalization may be "disqualifying" for military recruits
The U.S. military is considering making a hospitalization for coronavirus a "disqualifying" condition for new recruits, reports Fox News.
Why it matters: It highlights the limited research on the long-term effects and damage of coronavirus — as a history of other viral, non-chronic illnesses does not prevent people from joining — and it comes as the military prepares for the rush of post-graduation recruits during the summer and fall.
- Recruits can apply for waivers if they're marked as having a disqualifying condition.
- Worth noting: The Military Times first reported on a military processing memo that indicated even more strict possible conditions — that just a positive coronavirus test would be marked as disqualifying.
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