Social impact of the COVID-19 crisis greater on women

The social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women is greater than men in Ireland, according to a survey released by the country’s Central Statistics Office.

The survey, which was conducted between April 23 and May 1, showed that the percentage of women now reporting “low” satisfaction with overall life has more than doubled the rate in 2013 when the country was experiencing the effects of the 2008 financial crisis.

In 2013, only 15.1 percent of women in the country reported “low” satisfaction with overall life, but now the figure reached 36.7 percent, said the survey.

The survey also found that more women (38.6 percent) than men (26 percent) reported feeling “downhearted and depressed” during the COVID-19 crisis.

More women than men reported an increase in their consumption of alcohol, tobacco and junk food since the introduction of the COVID-19 restrictions at the end of March, it said.

According to the survey, more female respondents reported being “extremely” concerned about their own health, somebody else’s health and maintaining social ties than male respondents.

Almost half (48.6 percent) of female respondents reported that they would like to return to their place of work after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, compared to less than one in three (31.7 percent) of male respondents, the survey found.

Almost nine in ten (88.4 percent) of female respondents rated their compliance with COVID-19-related government advice and guidelines as “high” compared with seven in ten (72.5 percent) of male respondents, it showed.