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Unequal gender impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of men and women differently, and not just in terms of health. A study by researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, USA, measured the economic and social impacts of COVID-19. Brazilian epidemiologist Luisa Flor and her colleagues analyzed employment, income, education, and security data collected in 193 countries between March 2020 and September 2021. The results showed that the impact was almost always greater on women than on men. A larger proportion of them lost their jobs, at 26% compared to 20% of men. Women were also twice as likely to have left work to care for someone else than men and they were 21% more likely to have left education. A greater proportion of them also reported having noticed an increase in domestic violence during the pandemic (The Lancet, March 2).