COVID-19 Gender Disparities and Mitigation Recommendations: A Narrative Review

Hannah C. Nordhues, Anjali Bhagra, Natya N. Stroud, Jennifer A Vencill, Carol L. Kuhle

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Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has rapidly created widespread impacts on global health and the economy. Data suggest that women are less susceptible to severe illness. However, sex-disaggregated data are incomplete, leaving room for misinterpretation, and focusing only on biologic sex underestimates the gendered impact of the pandemic on women. This narrative review summarizes what is known about gender disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic, domestic, and health burdens along with overlapping vulnerabilities related to the pandemic. In addition, this review outlines recommended strategies that advocacy groups, community leaders, and policymakers should implement to mitigate the widening gender disparities related to COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1907-1920
Number of pages14
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings
Volume96
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Editing was provided by Scientific Publications, Mayo Clinic.

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© 2021 The Authors

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review

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