The Impact of COVID-19 on Utah Women and Work: Health Impacts
Utah Women's Health Review
University of Utah
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The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020–21 has affected workers across the globe, and women in the workforce have been disproportionately impacted, including those who live in Utah. The pandemic affected every aspect of life, especially physical and mental health. While the fatality rate has been higher for men, the pandemic impacted women’s mental health at a higher rate with more women being laid off or furloughed in certain industries (e.g., retail, food services, hospitality), experiencing increased workloads in other sectors (e.g., healthcare, education), absorbing greater unpaid caregiving responsibilities from homeschooling and childcare disruptions, and reporting elevated instances of domestic violence. These impacts have led to increased post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression among women.
Christensen M, Madsen SR, Dyckman J, and McAdams-Jones D. (2022). The Impact of COVID-19 on Utah Women and Work: Health Impacts. Utah Women’s Health Review. doi: 10.26054/0d-pcbx-px3w.