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The Pandemic Has Affected Women’s Health More Than Men

It has been close to a year since most countries worldwide first went into lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Since then, people all over the world have experienced a significant lifestyle change which may have resulted in different health impacts.

In particular, a study by the University of Calgary in collaboration with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute found that women suffered more during the lockdown period, especially in terms of sleep, anxiety, depression, and trauma as compared to their male counterparts.

The research was conducted through an online survey among  573 Canadians – 112 men and 459 women – with an average age of 25.9 years between March 23 and June 7, 2020, to look at and compare between the sleep, state of mind, and mental health disorders among men and women during the months of lockdown.

Although the results revealed that there was a progressive increase in anxiety, depression, poor sleep quality and trauma among both genders, it was found that the symptoms for women worsened over time and with greater length of the isolation period.

This may be due to women showing higher levels of empathy, where their ability to understand emotions and care for others often result in them carrying the extra load in the family during critical situations. Which is why high levels of empathy tend to be associated with high levels of anxiety, depression and trauma.

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