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Kathryn A. Edwards

Working Moms’ Winter Math Is Getting Tougher

During the “tripledemic,” caring for kids will mean missing more work, compounding the obstacles that women already face.

Judge her for what she does.

Judge her for what she does.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The expected “tripledemic” — a concurrent winter surge in Covid, flu and respiratory syncytial virus infections — promises to be tough on everyone. But spare a thought for the millions of working mothers who remain disproportionately responsible for raising children, and who must make room for the tripledemic in their careers.

No one can work and take care of sick kids at the same time — and children get sick a lot. But in the world the pandemic has wrought, it’s a whole new experience, especially for those with children under age 6.