Women and men are unequally exposed to Covid-19, as shown by the HCP, which is based on the preliminary results of its survey conducted in April. “First of all, the over-representation of women in jobs related to health and care services overexposes them to the virus and increases, substantially, the risk of contamination. Women represent 58% of medical staff and 67% of paramedical staff (nurses and technicians)”, the Institute points out in a press release.
Another observation: confinement has had a strong impact on access to health services for women. According to HCP data, among households with women eligible for antenatal and postnatal consultations among their members, 30% had to renounce these services during the sanitary lockdown.
For the HCP, this crisis has further made female-headed households more precarious, also from the point of view of access to health care. In fact, no less than 47.5% of households headed by women did not access health services compared to 37.9% of households headed by a man. “Women and men are also exposed differently to the psychological effects of Covid-19, continues HCP.