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Coronavirus and its impact on women and their lives « Gender equality needed for women in society during the pandemic »

Women across the globe are most likely to carry the burden of caring for the family particularly if a member of the family is ill. Women are also mostly responsible for raising the children and looking after the home. Children are most likely to catch this disease and spread it at home, not to mention pregnant women who are facing grief and stress which could possibly affect their unborn child. The research done states that the virus is not transmitted from the mother to the infant.
However, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention does suggest that it has observed miscarriages and stillbirths in women infected with coronavirus, SARS, and MERS.

Women who are working during this period are finding it challenging, especially if one has to deal with young children at home while they are working from home. Employers need to be flexible and clients need to be more understanding when it comes to background noises for example. There will be children making noises, babies crying, or children watching television.

There is a large majority of women who are working on the frontlines of this pandemic and these are the roles that women hold in society such as nurses or caregivers. As this virus continues to spread and locks down many countries, numerous women are at risk. It is estimated that 70% of women around the world are a part of the health force. Nursing roles are still dominated by women across the world, for example, in the USA 78% of nurses are women. Nurses are the most exposed to infectious diseases than other healthcare workers as they are in direct contact with patients, collecting specimens and taking blood tests.

Governments across the world should take into consideration the fact that women need accessible, affordable healthcare and for those women on the frontlines the right protective gear, basic needs like sanitary towels and tampons as these became difficult to obtain for nurses in China. Governments should not ignore such gender issues as this is crucial during

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