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Start Date

April 2021

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Women and Gender Studies

Faculty Mentor

Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, PhD

Keywords

COVID-19, gender, public health

Abstract

In January, the first case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in Washington. The COVID-19 virus has continued to proliferate. To manage this public health crisis, and to increase public knowledge, states reported demographic data on gender/sex, age and race/ethnicity. The Harvard GenderSci Lab investigates trends in demographic reporting by state. This presentation will describe the key findings of the Harvard GenderSci laboratory and specifically this lab member. The analysis of gender/sex reporting has been obtained through data shared by state public health department websites and through investigative inquiries with state epidemiologists. Our results demonstrate the disparity between male and female case numbers and mortalities. The methods of state reporting on gender/sex are described, as well as the data’s limitations and inconsistencies. The lack of research on trans and gender expansive individuals is highlighted. This presentation emphasizes the necessity to further research the effect of the COVID-19 gender gap in order to address the inequity. State health departments should streamline their gender/sex reporting practices to increase their understanding of the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Gender/Sex Reporting Practices

In January, the first case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in Washington. The COVID-19 virus has continued to proliferate. To manage this public health crisis, and to increase public knowledge, states reported demographic data on gender/sex, age and race/ethnicity. The Harvard GenderSci Lab investigates trends in demographic reporting by state. This presentation will describe the key findings of the Harvard GenderSci laboratory and specifically this lab member. The analysis of gender/sex reporting has been obtained through data shared by state public health department websites and through investigative inquiries with state epidemiologists. Our results demonstrate the disparity between male and female case numbers and mortalities. The methods of state reporting on gender/sex are described, as well as the data’s limitations and inconsistencies. The lack of research on trans and gender expansive individuals is highlighted. This presentation emphasizes the necessity to further research the effect of the COVID-19 gender gap in order to address the inequity. State health departments should streamline their gender/sex reporting practices to increase their understanding of the coronavirus pandemic.

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