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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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
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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