From the Document: "A dark cloud of uncertainty looms over our nation, and yet many of us continue to bear responsibility for people who rely on us to take care of them. The great uncertainty we are facing has left many of us anxious, stressed, defensive, and short-sighted. We do not yet know how coronavirus will affect our society in the short term, let alone the world we leave for our children. We understand that children are more vulnerable than adults. They depend on adults for safety and security, and many adults do not feel safe or secure themselves. Children as young as infants and toddlers are keen observers of people and environments, and they notice and react to stress in their parents and other caregivers, peers, and community members. Although the risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] is lower for children, they are more vulnerable than adults to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their normal lives. Coronavirus has disrupted nearly all aspects of our lives, threatening both adults' and children's sense of structure, predictability, and security. But there is good news! With consistent support and age-appropriate responses, children can be incredibly resilient."
Lerner Center Issue Brief No. 20
Syracuse University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
Syracuse University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/