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Women Are Having Their Coronavirus Symptoms Dismissed

Women Are Having Their Coronavirus Symptoms Dismissed

With 34.3 million cases (and counting) of COVID-19 worldwide, and many more undiagnosed, plenty of people have been feeling the effects. While billions of people around the world have undergone unprecedented lifestyle changes, experiencing coronavirus symptoms is something else entirely. So, what do you do when suspicious chest pain, a persistent cough, or any other number of ailments start cropping up at this worrying time? Most people would contact a medical professional, because most people would assume they’d be taken seriously at a time when a potentially fatal virus, which is still far from fully understood, is sweeping the globe. But unfortunately, this is not everyone’s experience.

Personally, I contracted COVID-19 in the UK at the end of March and felt dismissed by medical professionals because I’m a woman. The chest pain, difficulty breathing, complete exhaustion, migraines, stomach distress, cough — I ticked all the boxes. However, when I went to see my GP about a recurring UTI which kicked in at the same time, and a deep pain in my kidneys, I was told I’d probably pulled a muscle lifting my son. I was probably just tired because I’m still breastfeeding. I probably have anxiety and I should take a holiday (during lockdown…). I pointed out that the pain was in the area of my kidneys, not my muscles. I am very familiar with feeling tired and this was different….

How Women’s Symptoms – Including Coronavirus – Are Still Being Dismissed

With 34.3 million cases (and counting) of COVID-19 worldwide, and many more undiagnosed, plenty of people have been feeling the effects. While billions of people around the world have undergone unprecedented lifestyle changes, experiencing coronavirus symptoms is something else entirely.



Women Are Having Their Coronavirus Symptoms Dismissed

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