The indirect impact of COVID-19 on women

The indirect impact of COVID-19 on women The Lancet "Lockdown measures and school closures affect girls and women differently across the world and may have long-term negative consequences. Talha Burki reports. Soon after the emergence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) last winter, it became apparent that mortality rates were higher for men than for women. This remains the case but it is women who are more likely to bear the brunt of the social and economic consequences of the pandemic. Earlier this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted that “COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women's rights”. With the pandemic set to stretch into 2021, his words are looking less like a warning than a prediction." (Photo: UN Women Asia and the Pacific/flickr, C BY-NC-ND 2.0)