29 May 2020

This case study, developed by the European Commission’s H2020 Expert Group to update and expand "Gendered Innovations/ Innovation through Gender", examines the impact of sex and gender in the current COVID-19 pandemic, looking more particularly at such key issues as sex differences in immune responses, dosing and sex-specific side effects of vaccines and therapeutics, gender-specific risk factors (e.g. for healthcare workers and caregivers), gender-sensitive prevention campaigns, as well as the gender-specific socioeconomic burden of public safety measures.

Although infectious diseases can affect everyone, sex and gender can significantly impact immune responses and the course of the disease in the human body. Importantly, the biological impacts of the pandemic intersect with broader social and systemic challenges, such as limited healthcare, and economic and logistic resources. In the case of COVID-19, current worldwide statistics show more men than women dying of acute infection, while women are projected to suffer more than men from the health, economic and social consequences of the pandemic in the long term. Innovative solutions beyond health, such as economic re-entry strategies, product development and AI solutions also need to consider sex and gender.

Case study by Sabine Oertelt-Prigione
The impact of sex and gender in the COVID-19 pandemic

Publication
Publications Office of the European Union
 

Related news items


Surprisingly dominant cause underlying type I congenital defect of glycosylation

21 October 2021

Alex Garanto, Melissa Bärenfänger, Mirian Janssen, and Dirk Lefeber published a new study, identifying a surprisingly dominant genetic cause underlying type I congenital defect of glycosylation with neuromusculoskeletal phenotypes.

read more

Sensitive blood-test as a patient-friendly alternative for bone marrow-based cancer monitoring

20 October 2021

Hans Jacobs and Pieter Langerhorst, theme Cancer development and immune defense, and colleagues are one step closer to implementation of personalized diagnostics for bone marrow-based cancer monitoring.

read more

Register for peer coaching for RIMLS PhD candidates

20 October 2021

As a PhD candidate, you are in the lead of your own learning process, but you don’t need to do this alone. Register for the peer-coaching group ‘Stay in the lead – Together’ before 11 November 2021.

read more

Frans Russel appointed member Supervisory Committee of RIVM

20 October 2021

Frans Russel, theme Renal disorders, has been appointed by The Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).

read more

Turbo Grants for four medical-technical research projects

19 October 2021

Four TURBO grants were recently awarded to new technical-medical research proposals. The grants are part of the TURBO program, a collaboration between the University of Twente (TechMed Centre) and the Radboudumc.

read more