The myriad distinctive effects of COVID-19 on women

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  • Med student (male) says:

    I believe your narrative to be skewed from the onset, drawing a line in the sand between men and women in this pandemic doesn’t make sense, as it has affected everybody and literally every facet of life of both genders.
    I empathize with the fact that women living in southern US states suffer more than their northern counterparts to get an abortion, however thats not really due to the pandemic, but rather a result of the preexisting cultural and political scene.
    We must stand together as men and women to pull through this thing, together being the keyword here. We are united by our humanity rather than separated by gender, ones problems cant be solved unless the others’ are solved as well.
    Women’s issues are human issues, so are men’s, so we should produce solutions from that standpoint.

    My biggest critique of your opinion is labelling the highest levels of government as mostly men, when the top doctor in Canada is a woman. And in other countries where that is not the case, I believe that whoever is responsible for handling the crisis would not think of it as a gender specific issue, and would act for the benefit of all people.

    • Michelle Cohen says:

      Your biggest critique fails at the level of basic fact. Dr. Tam is a woman, but only 29% of the House of Commons is female and this is AFTER the 2019 election where historic numbers of women were elected. If you look at health care leadership and academia, these are male-dominated spaces as well.

      It’s all well and good to feel like issues impacting women don’t affect you as a man, but it’s a BIG leap to universalize that opinion and claim that there’s no value in assessing the well documented disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women. This article merely summarizes what many others have noted: women are the majority of high risk front line workers, are doing even more unpaid labour than before, are now at much higher risk of intimate partner violence and may be facing ever increasing barriers to reproductive health care.

      These can certainly be “men’s issues” since – as you point out – women’s rights are human rights, however for that to be true men need to to expend more effort learning about the impact on women than they expend trying to shut down reasonable discussions on the topic.


Nabeela Nathoo


Nabeela Nathoo is a resident physician in neurology at the University of Alberta. She completed medical school and a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Calgary.

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