Player Death and Conditions

Does death or unconsciousness clear conditions, like ongoing acid 5 or slowed?

As often as this question comes up in games, I’m surprised at how long it took for me to finally reach out and try to find an answer. Nowhere in the rulebooks does it state that conditions are erased when you fall unconscious. As are most 4th Edition rulings, “if it doesn’t say so, it’s doesn’t happen.” Thus, conditions remain.

I think our group was just in the video game mindset and for some reason thought that effects like being slowed or weakened would disappear upon wakening. That logic doesn’t play out very well, however. After all, if you’re covered in acid (i.e., taking ongoing acid damage), the acid doesn’t disappear once your character goes under—it persists.

The people at EN World seem to agree.