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

Converging Health Crises: The Impact of COVID-19 and the Opioid Epidemic on Pregnant Women

SWHR, June 24, 2021

The national opioid epidemic was already raging before COVID-19 hit the United States. During the pandemic, the situation severely worsened, including for those who are pregnant.

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Sex Differences

Sex-and-Gender Differences in COVID-19 Illustrate the Need to Accelerate Research on the Health of Women

Yale School of Medicine, June 21, 2021

Accelerating the study of sex and gender disparities across all health conditions that affect women, such as COVID-19,  will forge a better path for research.

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NIH begins study of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and postpartum

NIH, June 23, 2021

National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently began conducting studies on pregnant and postpartum women to evaluate the immune responses generated by COVID-19 vaccines, and whether or not they can pass protection to their babies via the placenta or breast milk.

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Mental Health

The Pandemic Caused the Biggest Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy since World War 2. Black and Hispanic Americans Have Suffered the Most

Time, June 23, 2021

Many women of color across the U.S. suffered from evictions during the pandemic. According to studies, evicted individuals have worse mental health and are more likely to be hospitalized for a mental health crisis.

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Domestic Violence

He Threatened Her With A Knife. Then The Pandemic Trapped Them Inside Together.

The Lily, June 10, 2021

Reports of domestic violence increased during the pandemic, as many victims were forced to stay at home with their abusers. Abuse victims are now trying to figure out what life will be like after the pandemic

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Confessions of caregiver burnout: 5 women dealing with childcare and family needs reveal how the pandemic pushed them to a breaking point

Insider, June 13, 2021

Many women have felt overwhelmed and exhausted due to extra caregiving responsibilities while balancing their work in the pandemic.

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Pandemic Response

Biden administration extends eviction moratorium through July

NBC, June 24, 2021

For many Americans, particularly Black and Hispanic women, navigating a public health crisis without a house has been a harsh reality. President Biden’s decision to put a moratorium on evictions until July may help  mitigate the negative health effects that are commonly connected with evictions.

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Testing & Treatment

The connection between COVID-19 vaccines and lumps in women

Poynter, June 22, 2021

Lymph node swelling is a common side effect of many vaccinations, not just COVID-19 vaccines. Some women who received the Pfizer vaccine also experienced these side effects.

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Upcoming Events

Sex Differences in Vaccine Immune Response Webinar

SWHR, June 11, 2021

HHS Office of Women’s Health

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health is pleased to offer the following upcoming webinar in the ongoing COVID-19 Vaccines and Women series. Dr. Sabra Klein discusses examining vaccine immunological response differences by sex/gender.

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