Gender/Sex Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes


Goals & Objectives

Data suggest that, in aggregate, men are dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than women. How can we interpret and make sense of this disparity? This analytical toolkit provides resources for unpacking and understanding apparent sex disparities in COVID-19 outcomes. Students are challenged to think critically about the causal primacy granted to biological sex in attempts to explain the gender/sex gap in COVID-19 mortality. Additionally, the toolkit offers a variety of social and demographic factors as alternative ways of understanding, investigating, and talking about inequities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Podcast: Everything Is Alive

Frequency: Twice a month

Average length: 30 minutes

You’ll be hard-pressed to find another podcast quite like Everything Is Alive. Its host, NPR veteran Ian Chillag, spends each episode interviewing a different inanimate object about, well, many of the things he’d ask any living, breathing person. The objects answer as genuinely as they possibly can, which sometimes makes you laugh, cry, or have a ridiculous fight with your partner about whether Russian dolls have feelings. At the end of each episode, I always find myself left with a newfound respect for the things in my life that I’d otherwise take for granted. If you need a refresher on why being alive is incredible, look no further.