The Mother of All Burdens: COVID-19 and Physician Parents

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In healthcare crisis situations, women on the frontlines are facing more challenges and burdens than their male counterparts. (Banc d’Imatges Infermeres)

COVID-19 is putting an astronomical strain on the healthcare system and healthcare workers, with infections reported among nurses, doctors and providers across the country, and tragically many deaths.

From the likelihood of infections, and inadequate personal protective equipment, to understaffing due to exposed physicians and nurses going into quarantine for precautions—the stress is evident. 

In healthcare crisis situations, women on the frontlines are facing more challenges and burdens than their male counterparts.

Even the masks are not suitable for female healthcare providers: Personal protective equipment (PPE) are not one size fit all, and women in general have higher rates of fit testing failure. Yet…

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