Dr Mike Ryan
Men have had a a higher death rate from Covid-19 but women suffered more socially and economically, Dr Mike Ryan of the WHO has said.
Women and girls have experienced the pandemic in a very different way across the world to men, he said.
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Mr Ryan, the Executive Director of the WHO's Emergencies Programme, was delivering the keynote address at the online launch of the COPE Galway Annual report.
"On the face of it, men have had poorer outcomes in terms of medical outcomes," he said.
He added that the incidence of underlying medical conditions are higher in men, resulting in higher death rates.
Men have had higher death rates due to Covid compared to women, Dr Mike Ryan of the WHO has said.— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 8, 2021
However he added that the social and economic consequences of the pandemic have predominantly landed 'on the shoulders of women' | Read more: https://t.co/6PEabDYPOK pic.twitter.com/4csUerNi1O
However, he added that this is not the experience of the pandemic which people have felt.
"It's the social and economic consequences of the pandemic which have really, predominantly landed on the shoulders of women," he said.
This ranged from having to provide more domestic support at home to women being in the types of work which became subject to greater instability due to the pandemic.
"The pandemic highlighted the unstable situation which many women have in society, whether it be economic or social life," he added.
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