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More men die from Covid-19 but women’s well-being most impacted by pandemic, study shows

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Created 03/10/2021

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More men have died from Covid-19 overall but women’s well-being has been more negatively affected by the pandemic, new data has revealed.

There was an almost 18% difference in the total number of Covid-19-related deaths for men (63,700) and women (53,300), between March 2020 and January 2021 in England and Wales the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. In the early stages of the pandemic in March and April 2020, the gap was even more pronounced at 30%.

The study by the ONS also showed women were more likely to be furloughed, spend significantly less time working from home, and spend more time on unpaid household work and childcare.

The ONS said there have been “significantly different levels of anxiety, loneliness and worry about the coronavirus, and depressive symptoms” between men and women.

During September and early October 2020, women spent 64% more time on unpaid household work than men.

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