COVID Led More Women to Forgo Needed Health Care

June 15, 2021 — Morgan Tebeau has struggled with debilitating back pain all of her adult life. The 38-year-old mother from Harrisonburg, VA, was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease when she was 18 years old. Her pain worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic as she put off much needed care — something a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey found was more common among women during the height of the pandemic.

As a self-described outdoor enthusiast and fitness specialist, Tebeau loves hiking, camping, and rock climbing. She also owns an outdoor boot camp and leads a Facebook fitness community called Strong Moms — a community for connecting women, sharing wellness, and helping them with self-care, she says.

But this past year has been difficult for Tebeau, who did not focus on her own health the way she should have because of COVID-19.

“I was in the throes of

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