As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD
, discusses how the virus could affect female health-care professionals. Nielsen, senior associate dean for health policy and clinical professor of medicine
, says many women in health care are balancing a demanding work life and home life. Female health care workers “also have responsibility to take care of parents, who are older, and school-aged children … So their lives are enormously impacted by worrying about elderly relatives and by school closures.” Additionally, Nielsen explains that when people from the general public hoard N95 respirator masks, it prevents health-care workers — who are at the greatest risk — from accessing them.