World nears quarter billion COVID19 cases as women leave work force, care for patients, mind the kids and suffer PTSD


“As COVID-19 cases nudge a quarter billion reported cases, women in health care are battered and exhausted. Some 90% of all nurses around the world, are women,” explains Monique Deslauriers a nurse practitioner in Calais, Maine.

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By Sharon Santiago, Rosa Yamamoto, Behar Abbasi and Micheal John

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World nears quarter billion COVID-19 cumulative cases which will be reached by month’s end according to biostatisticians.
Five million Deaths are reported.
Global Estimates
22.317% of all humans (1,739,837,673) have been infected
0.616% Global estimated inferred average Infection Fatality Rate (IFR)
(influenza is .1% or 6 per 100k (2019))
10,718,867 Total deaths (estimated actual) including errors, and unreported likely-cause excess deaths such as people who never went to a hospital but had COVID-19 indications but never tested.
Source: Civil Society Partners against COVID-19


Speaking at the 28th Exemplary Mother Awards ceremony in Singapore earlier today, Singapore President Halimah Yacob said, “The Covid-19 pandemic and the many restrictions brought about by it have had a more drastic impact on women compared with men, as women carry a greater share of caregiving responsibilities,” writes Asian sister journalist, Ang Qing in her piece in the Straits Times.

“Women are also more likely to be victims of domestic violence, said Madame Halimah, explaining that “the prevalence of this violence increased during periods of lockdowns and stay-home orders,” she added.

“One thing that is very important for an article about women and COVID,” said Kathy Poon, an infectious disease researcher at the CSPaC tracking team in Singapore, “is that around the world lactating moms and pregnant women are vaccinated with perfect outcomes, but the unvaccinated catching COVID have dire consequences,” she explained. “Pregnant women and lactating moms should talk to their doctor about getting an appointment for a vaccine and learning which one is indicated and available for them,” she added.

“All our sisters around the world are reporting the same good outcomes from vaccinations, for both the women and the babies, when the mom gets vaccinated by their doctor with any of the vaccines,” said the medical expert.

COVID-19 has illustrated the world’s reliance on women both on the front line and at home.


As COVID-19 cases nudge a quarter billion reported cases, it is the nurses who are carrying the load with very little help and support, many of whom are now suffering deeply from post traumatic stress disorder, and, OMG, it isn’t over so they are still in the trauma,” explains a frustrated Filipino nurse, Karinna Angeles, in Manila, Philippines.

Dr. Jose Renede Grano of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, said last week, expressing alarm, that, “Around 5 to 10 percent of nurses in private hospitals resigned in the past two to three weeks, severely limiting the capacity of health institutions”.

Read if you wish: World Health Organization: Gender equity in the health workforce

Estimates vary between 66% to 72% of all medical workers, including doctors, radiologists, and lab workers, being women.

“They are all exhausted”,  said Hans Wagner, head of the nursing association in Germany.

“Since February 2020, women have increasingly left the workplace as schools closed and children and the elderly were locked up in their homes,” he explained.

“In war and in pandemics, women take charge of running the home, caring for the children and tending to the sick and infirmed. In a pandemic the latter takes a very big toll,” explained Dr. Anderson of The RINJ Foundation, a global women’s rights group in consultative status to the United Nations.

During Dr Tedros’ opening address at the 74th World Health Assembly in Geneva in May 2021, he announced that at least 115,000 healthcare workers then, had  died during the pandemic by May 2021, and pointed to the “scanty reporting” on healthcare workers deaths and infection rates.

Yesterday, the WHO reported that number had grown to 180,000.

Women in Health care are exhausted “As COVID-19 cases nudge a quarter billion reported cases, women in health care are battered and exhausted. Some 90% of all nurses are women,” explains Monique Deslauriers a nurse practitioner in  Calais, Maine. Courtesy Maine Medical Center. 

‘These workers are our most valuable health assets and we must protect them in a spirit of compassion and humanity or face dire repercussions not only for our health systems but also our economies and security,” said the International Council of Nurses chief, Howard Catton earlier this year.

Women medical care givers around the world are in short supply say most of the world’s healthcare organizations.

“That could be because some 180,000 have been killed by COVID-19,” suggested nurse Angeles, “and because of the demand versus the unattractiveness of the job,” she added explaining that in the Philippines, the work of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic had been placed on the shoulders of drastically underpaid women and they were leaving the work force in droves, “many sick and many just exhausted from 18-hour shifts seven days a week”.

Supporting that assertion, in August, Filipino Nurses United’s (FNU) head, Jocelyn Andamo, said that 68 percent of nurses had not received their full pay from September to December 2020. The Philippines Health Department has been holding back pay because its budget for the year was slashed by the Duterte Administration, despite the pandemic.


British Healthcare Workers are worried there may be an enormous surge in COVID-19 as temperatures cool.

“The government should not wait for COVID infections to rocket and for NHS pressures to be sky high before the panic alarm is sounded,” said NHS Confederation CEO Matthew Taylor, last week.

“The NHS is preparing for what could be the most challenging winter on record and it will do everything it can to make sure its services are not disrupted but these outside pressures are not solely within its gift to influence,” Taylor said.

“There is a crucial opportunity for the public to pull together,” Mr. Taylor added,  “and show extra support for the NHS by behaving in ways that will keep themselves and others safe and also safeguard stretched front-line services for those most in need.”


Women have been leaving the work force and may not be able to go back, because of child care unavailability.

According to pediatricians writing in the American Pediatrics Journal, “The pandemic has brought to light the lack of safe, reliable, and affordable child care options. Even before the closure of many facilities, child care was plagued by long waitlists, ballooning costs, and safety concerns. Child care costs for preschool-aged children can rival college tuition, making high-quality child care nearly inaccessible for many families, especially those experiencing material hardships. With school closures due to COVID-19, even older children now require supervision throughout the day. As such, parents have been forced to consider child care arrangements that may not best align with the needs of their family.

“This includes taking parents (predominantly women who face the disproportionate burden) away from work or calling on family members and friends to oversee the care of their children, perhaps risking their health or the health of others. Simply put, safe and reliable child care is an essential for economic and social recovery and subsequent stability.” The full report is available here.

In a survey from May and June, one out of four women who became unemployed during the pandemic reported the job loss was due to a lack of childcare, twice the rate of men surveyed according to the Washington Post study.


Speaking from the Amazon Basin in rural Venezuela, nurse practitioner Michele Francis explains that RINJ Women have tried some innovative ideas for building community groups to support families during the pandemic. RINJ Women operate a small hospital and three regional clinics where women and children are spending days in outdoor play areas. Women volunteers help each other by providing care for children while some women take shifts looking after the kids or running their errands, caring for farm animals or field work and generally helping out in their communities or doing  their own work.

“It’s working,” says nurse Francis. “Rainy days get a little crazy but we create activities for the kids under tarps or bring them inside at the hospital.”

“Women are carrying a huge load because many of their men have died from COVID-19 in 2020,” she said.

“We scored enough vaccines here with some help from some Russian friends and  have most communities under control. We have been doing some traveling vaccination drives, reaching out to remote areas. We have plenty of homemade masks made from clothing donations from Canada. The communities are very nice and people appreciate the help they get from us and our faith-based NGO partner,” she added.

Convincing Pregnant Moms or Mothers-to-be to get vaccinated.

“One of or local nurses is pregnant and she has been a real trooper getting out to pregnant women in some of our communities with vaccines. It’s hard getting the word out but when a pregnant nurse stands there with a jab in her hand and says come on, get over here sister, I had mine and you’ll get yours, it sure starts a conversation,” said NP Francis.

“There is no indication, not the slightest that pregnant women or lactating mothers have any concern whatsoever getting vaccinated. In fact there is far more reason for a pregnant woman to get her jab than most women because there are two lives at stake and being hospitalized for COVID-19 while pregnant is no picnic,” added Michele Francis in a Signal call.

While the pandemic workload piles up, women and girls are also being subjected to repeat domestic violence. Children are raped and incest increases.

The pandemic and its lockdowns is driving a rise in domestic violence of all types.

Health, financial  and security stressors are exacerbating the problem, says UN Women.  Women are restricted with heavy burdens taking care of children and seniors bound to home by lockdowns causing restricted escape possibilities and crowded home situations.

Normally, 40% of all domestic violence situations go unreported but emerging data suggests that the spike in domestic violence has reached a heretofore unimagined level.

Rape help lines are reporting a massive increase in complaints regarding minor children both boys and girls.

“Usually we are hearing from a neighbour, cousin, or grandparent reporting either rape or incest of a child and our reaction is to try and remove the child to a medical care facility and a shelter if possible for an interim solution and let law enforcement and the courts deal with the perpetrators and the long term solutions,” explains Geraldine Frisque, a spokesperson for The RINJ Foundation

UN Secretary General has Dire Warnings about Women in Peace and Security

In a report to the UN Security Council released on 21 September (WHO-Gender), UN Secretary General António Guterres wrote that, the United Nations had  documented a record number of women killed in Afghanistan in 2020, including civil society activists and journalists, and that academics, vaccinators and even women judges in the Supreme Court were being targeted for violence and death.

“And yet,” the UN Secretary General reported, “Afghan women were not included among the negotiators with the Taliban in 2020.”

“When delegates representing the Taliban and the Government of Afghanistan met in Moscow in March 2021 to discuss the peace negotiations, there was only one woman among them,” the report continued.

“This juxtaposition of violence targeting women and their rights, on the one hand, and their extreme marginalization and exclusion, on the other, still encapsulates the women and peace and security agenda in 2021.”

The report (WHO-Gender) continued to say that:

  1. “In 2020, women represented only 23 per cent of delegates in peace processes led or co-led by the United Nations. Without measures adopted by the United Nations, this number would have been even lower.
  2. “As at 31 December 2020, only 5.2 per cent of military troops in peace operations were women, which is below the 6.5 per cent target set by the United Nations for 2020;
  3. “Only 42 per cent of the over 3,100 policy measures adopted throughout the world to respond to the social and economic consequences of COVID-19 can be considered gender-sensitive, and a similar proportion is found in conflict-affected countries;
  4. “In countries that spend relatively more on the military as a share of government spending, pandemic-related measures to support the particular needs of women and girls during this crisis were significantly fewer; and
  5. “In humanitarian funding, sectors that address gender-based violence and reproductive health received only 33 and 43 per cent of requested funding, respectively, compared with average funding of 61 per cent for United Nations appeals overall.” (Read if you wish: WHO-Gender)

Biostatisticians and infectious disease scientists are saying COVID-19 Pandemic is far from over. “Get Vaccinated and Continue to Wear An N95 Mask,” says the CSPaC tracking team leader.

“We are predicating the world will see a reported quarter billion cases by the end of this month and a series of regional surges around the world through the fall and the beginning of next year,” explained Dr. Fred Harris of the tracking Source CSPaC.
team in Singapore.