Covid-19 restrictions have left women and children worn out — study

Lack of job security, lower salaries and being more hands-on when caring for the sick in their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic may have put women in a more vulnerable position for mental health disorders, a new study suggests.

2021-10-22 12:30:00 PM

Lack of job security, lower salaries and being more hands-on when caring for the sick in their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic may have put women in a more vulnerable position for mental health disorders, a new study suggests.

Lack of job security, lower salaries and being more hands-on when caring for the sick in their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic may have put women in a more vulnerable position for mental health disorders, a new study suggests.

The co-author of the study, Prof Charles Shey Wiysonge from the Medical Research Council and honorary professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Cape Town (UCT), said this was anticipated because women are more likely to be affected by the social and economic consequences of the pandemic.

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“Additional career and household responsibilities due to school closures or family members becoming unwell are more likely to fall on women. Women are more likely to be financially disadvantaged during the pandemic due to lower salaries, less savings and less secure employment than their male counterparts.

“They are also more likely to be victims of domestic violence, the prevalence of which increased during periods of lockdown and stay-at-home orders,” he said.The study, a systematic review of data reporting the prevalence of major depressive and anxiety disorders between January 1 2020 and January 29 2021, which has been published in headtopics.com

The, also found young people were more affected than older age groups.​With school closures and wider social restrictions in place, researchers noted young people have been unable to come together in physical spaces, “affecting their ability to learn and for peer interaction”.

Furthermore, young people are more likely to become unemployed during and following economic crises than older people.The United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organisation (Unesco) declared Covid-19 to be the most severe disruption to global education in history, estimating 1.6-billion learners in more than 190 countries to be fully or partially out of school in 2020.

With school closures and wider social restrictions in place, Wiysonge said young people have been unable to come together in physical spaces, affecting their ability to learn and for peer interaction. Read more: Times LIVE »

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