According to a study published Monday in the American Medical Association’s JAMA Pediatrics journal, an estimated 37,300 to 43,000 children in the United States have lost at least one parent due to COVID-19 in the past year.
Looking closely, the data found that the burden, which the authors of the study admits, tends to be “heavier” amid the ongoing epidemic, disproportionately affects black children.
Black children account for 14 percent of children under 18 in the United States. But the study estimates that they account for 20 percent of children who have lost their parents to the coronavirus.
The authors said they were able to “track parental mortality while the epidemic outbreak” was estimated by estimating the number of children expected to be affected for each COVID-19 death.
“We used a network of white and black individuals in the United States assessed by demographic microstructure to calculate the loss multiplier, and then used a multiplier to estimate the extent of parental bereavement. Various death situations, “they wrote.
The authors say the estimates are based on demographic modeling and are not. “This includes the loss of the primary caregiver other than the parent,” they added. It is “anonymous and public information” and does not “constitute human research”.
Their research model writes, “suggesting that each death of COVID-19 resulted in 0.078 children aged 0-17 years of age,” they noted that the death of one parent was not the case. An increase of 17.5 percent to 20.2 percent
The authors call the estimated number of children who have lost their parents to the coronavirus “staggering”, saying that “comprehensive reforms must be made to address the health, education and economic problems affecting children.”
“Sudden parental deaths, such as those caused by COVID-19, can be extremely traumatic for children and leave sick families to prepare for the consequences,” they write.
“Moreover, the loss of COVID-19 occurs during times of social isolation, institutional stress and economic hardship that can leave bereaved children without their support.” He added
The United States has seen nearly 31 million people infected with the coronavirus and more than 555,000 deaths since the outbreak began, according to Johns Hopkins University.