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Hidden Pain: Children Who Lost a Parent or Caregiver to COVID-19 and What the Nation Can Do to Help Them   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has been the single deadliest acute public health crisis in American history, exceeding the death tolls of both the 1918 flu and HIV/AIDS since the 1980s. These deaths are a salient threat to the functioning of family and social networks. Among the more than 760,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States in the last 22 months are many parents, custodial grandparents, or other caregivers on whom more than 160,000 children had relied for financial, emotional, and developmental support. [...] Addressing the needs of these children who experienced such loss must be a high priority, and this report provides guidance to leaders in the public and private sectors. First, we estimate the number of children and teenagers under 18 years of age who have lost a parent or other co-residing caregiver to COVID-19, and then we discuss the impacts of parental and caregiving loss on children and adolescents. Following that, we review evidence of interventions commonly used to address grief and other traumas that may be applicable in this context. Finally, we offer a set of recommendations that integrate best practices into the current policy and political realities that we face as this crisis persists; and we call on the nation to act." This document includes charts, tables, and graphs to illustrate the text.

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2021-12
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COVID Collaborative
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COVID Collaborative: https://www.covidcollaborative.us/
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