Gender matters during the COVID pandemic

Rutger Jan van der Gaag, Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers

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The aim of this presentation is to sumMārise what has become evident in terms of gender differences during the current covid 19 pandemic.The hypothesis is that both at biological and social levels men and women on the whole will react differently  The authors reviewed the most recent literature and statistics in different countries to assess gender differences in face of the covid 19 pandemic it appears that worldwide more women than men are being infected, but the mortality among men is significantly higher than in women. There is a converging evidence as to suggest that women (especially in the first wave when no clear treatment strategy was in place, suffered far less from the fatal cytokine storm that proved lethal in so many cases.on the other hand from a social point of view there is in countries all of the world an increase of domestic violence affecting women and the burn-out risk for women is far higher as they are compelled to combine the care for the household and their work at distance often under difficult circumstance (small housing, high domestic stress). The are obvious gender differences during a viral pandemic as is currently the case. On the somatic front awareness should be raised for the biological vulnerability of men in the acute phases of the multi organ infection.From a psycho-social point of view the vulnerability of women during lockdown for domestic (sexual) violence and the extra burden put on them to combine household, family and work at distance, is a matter of great concern that needs to be addressed adequately 
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventRSU Research week 2021: Knowledge for Use in Practice - Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 24 Mar 202126 Mar 2021


ConferenceRSU Research week 2021: Knowledge for Use in Practice
Abbreviated titleRW2021
Internet address

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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