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Social Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Men

April 2020

Social Impact of Covid-19 on Women and Men, April 2020
Extremely Concerned Somebody else's Health20.127.6
Low Overall Life Satisfaction 23.037.6
Increased Tobacco Consumption26.234.7
High Compliance with Government Advise72.588.4

Women report lower overall life satisfaction than men in April 2020

PNG Headline Graph Low Overall Life Satisfaction by Gender and Reference Period
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Results from the CSO’s Social Impact of COVID-19 survey, April 2020, were published on 8th May and provide an insight into the impact COVID-19 has had on people in Ireland. The survey covered topics such as well-being, personal concerns, consumption, working life and compliance with official COVID-19 advice. This publication presents results from the survey broken down by sex and illustrates how women and men have been impacted differently by COVID-19. Some main results include:

  • Of female respondents, 37.6% rated their overall life satisfaction as Low in April 2020, an increase from 9.2% in 2018.  This compares to 23.0% of male respondents in April 2020 who rated the overall life satisfaction as Low, which has increased from 8.5% in 2018.
  • More women reported they were Extremely concerned with somebody else’s health compared to men (27.6% women and 20.1% men).
  • Of those who consume tobacco, 34.7% of women Increased their tobacco consumption since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place, compared to 26.2% of men. 
  • Women reported being more compliant with Government COVID-19 advice, with 88.4% reporting High compliance, compared to 72.5% of men.