More Than 140,000 US Children Had Parents, Grandparents Die During Pandemic: Study

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More than 140,000 children successful the United States person experienced the nonaccomplishment of a genitor oregon a grandparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to recently published research.

Researchers reviewed fertility data, decease rates, and accusation connected household creation for the study. They estimated that betwixt April 1, 2020, and June 30, much than 140,000 children mislaid a parent, a custodial grandparent, oregon a grandparent who lived with them.

“The lives of these children are permanently changed by the deaths of their mothers, fathers, oregon grandparents who provided their homes, needs, and care,” researchers wrote successful the survey (pdf), which was published successful Pediatrics.

Most of the children who mislaid a genitor oregon grandparent were Hispanic oregon black. About 35 percent of them were white.

“Children facing orphanhood arsenic a effect of COVID is simply a hidden, planetary pandemic that has sadly not spared the United States,” Susan Hillis, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researcher and co-lead writer of the study, said successful a statement.

Hillis called for boosting efforts to code the losses that children person experienced.

Researchers utilized the word “orphanhood” to notation to children who person mislaid astatine slightest 1 genitor oregon grandparent.

“The magnitude of young radical affected is simply a sobering reminder of the devastating interaction of the past 18 months,” said Dr. Alexandra Blenkinsop of Imperial College London, the co-lead researcher of the study. “These findings truly item those children who person been near astir susceptible by the pandemic, and wherever further resources should beryllium directed.”

The CDC collaborated connected the survey with Imperial College London, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. It was funded by the National Institute connected Drug Abuse and Imperial College London.

The caller survey comes astir six months aft a abstracted radical of researchers estimated that 37,300 children up to 17 years of property person mislaid astatine slightest 1 genitor owed to COVID-19 done February. It besides comes during the aforesaid week that caller figures show much radical person died successful the United States from COVID-19 successful 2021 than successful each of 2020.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including authorities and tribunal cases. He started astatine The Epoch Times arsenic a New York City metro reporter.