About 40,000 children have lost a parent to COVID. The effect of the rash will be “painful,” warns the pediatrician
Exemplary projects that 37,300 children were affected by parental death on COVID-19 in February 2021, but as many as 43,000 may be affected by parental death related to the epidemic. The number does not count children who have lost more than one parent or children who have lost a primary caregiver who is not a parent.
As the vaccination rate accelerates nationwide, some states such as Texas and Mississippi are lowering their epidemic limits, against the recruitment of health officials. Michigan hospitals are also facing an increase in patients as the increase in coronavirus cases among young people has led to another rise in government.
The model estimates that if 1.5 million people are killed by COVID-19 before the country achieves herd protection, it will leave 116,900 “children who have lost their parents.” Young people represent three-quarters of those affected.
“I think the traumatic outcome will hurt you the most and I think these children deserve more support,” Dr Dyan Hes, founder of Gramercy Pediatrics, said on Tuesday on CBSN. “This is going to be huge, because what the study also shows is that African American children are immeasurably affected by the loss of a parent.”
Black children make up 20% of children who have lost at least one parent but only 14% of U.S. children, the study shows.
Investigators have issued strong statements calling for measures to be taken to care for these children in a situation that they say “could be a major problem for children and leave families unprepared to look at its consequences.”
“Major changes are needed nationally to address the collapse of children’s health,” the report said. “Children who have lost their parents will also need support aimed at helping with grief, especially during this time of isolation.”
It also issued a stern warning: “The burden will grow and survive as the death toll continues to rise.”
Finding a child counselor is already a daunting task, says Dr. Dyan Hes, adding that he could have “maybe three or four deceased parents” among his patients while working for more than two decades.
“The therapist is always not equipped to deal with trauma counseling,” he said.
He sympathizes with the loss of a parent, both children and the whole family.
“You have children living at home with one parent who has the economic responsibility of not having two parents working either, or not working during the COVID period,” he said. “Now you’ve lost a parent and you’re sitting at home on the screen with the teacher, and you have no one to talk to and you can’t hug someone.”