Could this be why countries led by women are faring better against coronavirus?

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February 5, 2021

Could this be why countries led by women are faring better against coronavirus?

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The Hill

The question of "what if women ruled the world" is getting less hypothetical these days as experts and studies note that countries governed by women have “systematically and significantly better” COVID-19 outcomes. Now a new study suggests that differences in communication might help explain why.

"The contribution women have made has not earned them an equal say in COVID-19 decision-making. They remain in the minority on COVID-19 task forces — expected to run health systems while men make decisions that impact all our health and lives," Roopa Dhatt, executive director of Women in Global Health and one of the authors of the study, told Medical News Today. "Yet, it has been noted that when women do make decisions, the outcomes are positive — COVID-19 deaths in women-led countries have been six times lower than in countries led by men."

While women make up roughly 70 percent of the health care workforce both in the United States and around the world, they are far less represented at leadership levels. At the beginning of the pandemic, there were 17 women acting as heads of government, 10 of whom were included in the study due to limited access to records in some countries. 

 Click here the full article published by The Hill on 26 January 2021.

Author: 
Anagha Srikanth
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