Men, women react differently to Covid-19 impacts : Virginia Tech
Men and women react differently to Covid-19 impacts. A research from Virginia Tech gives us insight about it
For example, the probability of men being concerned about the financial consequences of the pandemic is higher than women.
Women report greater fear and more negative expectations about health-related outcomes.
How did the researchers come to this conclusion?
In April 2020, researchers Sheryl Ball and Alec Smith carried out an online survey to gauge the emotions, behaviors, and expectations correlated to gender and the pandemic.
“We found that women reported a higher fear of the health risks of COVID-19 than men. Men expressed more fear about the economic implications of the pandemic than women,” stated Smith.
During the beginning days of the pandemic, the researchers focused their study on people’s economic choices and how the pandemic will change them.
They measure the level of risk people are prepared to make or trusting people, and this research revealed that women were less ready to take risks than men.
Moreover, Ball explains that currently, people are less scared of the coronavirus virus compared to April 2020. He says, “The reason we believe this is that we originally collected data in the beginning, middle, and end of April 2020, and we found that fear decreased substantially even during that month. We expect that it has continued to decrease since then.”
“The big takeaway from our research is that people have economic as well as health care concerns about the pandemic,” continued Smith.
The researchers also note how people know that preventative actions like mask-wearing are useful. We think that messages that encourage people to take these preventative measures might want to emphasize not only the health consequences and benefits but also the economic benefits.”