Health Editor’s Note: COVID-19 has taken a devastating toll on the world and continues to do so as we strive to vaccinate against it. The longer the virus is allowed to spread, the more variants will crop up as the virus continues to mutate. The longer the virus is spreading the more time and opportunity it has to mutate and time is on COVID-19’s side…..Carol
by Rachel Kidman, PhD; Rachel Margolis, PhD; Emily Smith-Greenaway, PhD; et al Ashton M. Verdery, PhD
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JAMA Pediatr. Published online April 5, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.0161
The scale of COVID-19 mortality in the United States, including among prime-age adults, merits efforts to continuously track how many children are affected by parental death. Children who lose a parent are at elevated risk of traumatic grief, depression, poor educational outcomes, and unintentional death or suicide, and these consequences can persist into adulthood.1 Sudden parental death, such as that occurring owing to COVID-19, can be particularly traumatizing for children and leave families ill prepared to navigate its consequences. Moreover, COVID-19 losses are occurring at a time of social isolation, institutional strain, and economic hardship, potentially leaving bereaved children without the supports they need.