COVID-19 Care Disruptions Will Have a Long Legacy

As the pandemic drags on, women are delaying voluntary health care appointments, setting the stage for serious long-term health problems.
 
Take breast cancer: The National Cancer Institute estimates 5,000 excess deaths from the disease over the next decade—and that’s assuming COVID-19 care disruptions last just 6 months.
 
The trend appears to affect women more than men—49% of women reported postponing medical care because of the pandemic, compared to 33% of men.

That also aligns with greater job losses. From February–May, 11.5 million women lost their jobs, compared to 9 million men, forcing the newly uninsured to “think twice” about their care.
 
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