The coronavirus pandemic affects women’s health in a multitude of ways. In addition to the threat to women’s physical health, COVID-19 and its ramifications are creating burdens on women that negatively influence their mental, emotional, social, and financial health as well. In these challenging times, SWHR is committed to continuing our work to raise awareness about issues impacting women’s health. On this webpage, you will find original content from SWHR as well as information from reliable, evidence-based sources.

Women’s Health

Women Struggle to Access Menstrual Products During COVID-19 Pandemic

SWHR Blog, May 27, 2020

Menstrual products are as essential as toilet paper — and for some women equally as hard to find during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is affecting menstrual health for girls and women worldwide.

COVID-19 Is a Nightmare for Women’s Sleep
SWHR Blog, May 11, 2020
The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Women of Color
SWHR Blog, April 30, 2020
Tips for Staying Healthy During a Pandemic
SWHR Blog, April 9, 2020
Managing Endometriosis During the Pandemic
SWHR Blog, April 9, 2020

Sex Differences

Sex and Gender: Critical Considerations in COVID-19 Research and Response

SWHR Blog, April 23, 2020

Studying sex and gender differences will help to figure out why the novel coronavirus is affecting men more severely than women and how we can better improve our responses to future pandemics.

Sex Differences in COVID-19
Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
More Men Than Women Are Dying From COVID-19. Is It Biology Or Behavior?
FiveThirtyEight, May 11, 2020
Call for Papers: Sex Differences in COVID-19
Biology of Sex Differences, Deadline: Dec. 31


NIH-funded study to investigate pregnancy outcomes resulting from COVID-19 pandemic

NIH, May 19, 2020

The National Institutes of Health has launched a multi-pronged study to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic during and after pregnancy.

Protect Pregnant and Lactating Women with COVID-19 Through Research, Not from Research
Breastfeeding Medicine, May 18, 2020
The Pandemic May Be Intensifying Postpartum Depression
The Lily, May 8, 2020
SWHR Joins Coalition Asking for Inclusion of Pregnant, Lactating Women in COVID-19 Trials
SWHR, March 18, 2020

Mental Health

Census Bureau reports spike in signs of anxiety and depression since coronavirus

Axios, May 26, 2020

A Census Bureau weekly survey to evaluate the impact of the coronavirus found 24% of respondents showed signs of major depressive disorder and 30% indicated some generalized anxiety disorder.

Women Are Struggling More With Mental Health Under Lockdown Than Men
Quartz, May 8, 2020
Pandemic Isolation Is Leading to More Postpartum Depression, Anxiety
Today, April 20, 2020
Coronavirus Is Driving a Telehealth Evolution
SWHR Blog, April 7, 2020

Domestic Violence

Not Always Safer at Home: COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

SWHR Blog, April 14, 2020

With most of the world facing restrictions on movement due to the novel coronavirus, many media outlets are reporting on both expected and observed increases in domestic violence cases globally.

What We Know About Crises And Domestic Violence — And What That Could Mean For COVID-19
FiveThirtyEight, May 4, 2020
Fewer Domestic Violence Calls During COVID-19 Has California Officials Concerned
ABC News, April 25, 2020
“He Forced Her to Wash Her Hands Over and Over Until They Were Raw and Bleeding“
Cosmopolitan, March 31, 2020


How rethinking caregiving could play a crucial role in restarting the economy

Washington Post, May 7, 2020

Unpaid caregiving work done by women in their households is, in fact, one of the biggest barriers they face to equal opportunity in the workforce. Post-pandemic, they risk falling even further behind.

PPE ‘Designed for Women’ Needed on Frontline
BBC, April 29, 2020
Protecting Healthcare’s Family Caregivers Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic
Health Affairs, April 24, 2020
‘The Reality Is, It’s Incredibly Hard’
The Atlantic, April 14, 2020

Pandemic Response

Essential Workers Serving on the Frontlines of COVID-19

Joblist, May 6, 2020

Of the frontline essential workers risking their lives during the pandemic, nearly 57% are women, and the average female frontline worker is making about $12,700 less than her male counterparts.

Women Hit Hardest by Job Losses in the Pandemic. And It May Only Get Worse.
Washington Post, May 9, 2020
Scientist Mothers Face Extra Challenges in the Face of COVID-19
Scientific American, May 7, 2020
COVID-19 Brings Health Disparities Research to the Forefront
NIH Director’s Blog, May 14, 2020


COVID-19 Testing: What Women Need to Know

SWHR Blog, April 28, 2020

COVID-19 testing is a crucial element in the fight to end disease spread and may be of particular relevance for women, who tend to fill roles that increase their risk of exposure to coronavirus.

What Antibody Studies Can Tell You — and More Importantly, What They Can’t
ProPublica, April 28, 2020
There Are Not Enough COVID-19 Tests. There Are Also Too Many COVID-19 Tests.
FiveThirtyEight, April 21, 2020
Many States Are Far Short of COVID-19 Testing Levels Needed for Safe Reopening
STAT, April 27, 2020