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Thursday, October 07, 2021

A new study published Thursday in the journal Pediatrics attempts to quantify the vast hole left by these deaths, estimating that roughly 140,000 children under 18 may have lost parents or caregivers from March 2020 to June 2021 due to covid or other causes classified as pandemic-related.

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Susan Hillis, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researcher and lead author of the study, said she has been lying awake at night worrying about the magnitude of the problem. "It's disturbing to think about how for every four covid deaths, one child is left behind," Hillis said. "This is a crisis."

Mass casualty events in history have been shown to have a domino effect on children. Following World War I, studies showed that children whose soldier fathers died before or after their birth appeared to have decreased life spans. The more than 3,000 children who lost parents in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still talk about the impact it has had on their lives.

"When a death is sudden and unexpected - which covid is by its nature - there's a lot of uncertainty, and that can put children at risk for many different health consequences," said Komal Sharma-Patel, a clinical psychologist at Children's National Hospital, who has been working with children who have lost parents due to covid.

In Dallas, Aaron Blake Sr., a bishop who has been working with children orphaned by covid, said he broke down in tears when he saw data on parent and caregiver deaths from covid at a recent meeting with other Christian leaders.

You don't have to be personally infected with Covid to have your life affected by it. Seems the party of family values would be more cognizant of the lasting damage being left by anti-vaxxers decimating thousands upon thousands of families when parents die from a virus now immunizable against the vast majority of severe outcomes.

Thoughts and prayers aren't bringing these parents and caregivers back, and the lives of the surviving children are inextricably altered on top of the tragedy of the initial losses themselves.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-10-07 11:06 AM | Reply

Hoax.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2021-10-07 11:21 AM | Reply

If you can't capture the attention of Republicans with dead kids I don't know why they would pay attention to orphans.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2021-10-07 11:22 AM | Reply

Womp womp.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-10-07 12:43 PM | Reply

Are there no cages? Are there no workhouses?

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-07 01:15 PM | Reply

So instead of aborting a fetus Republicans, who are still spreading the disinformation, are now aborting the parents and leaving the babies behind to fend for themselves. And guess who ultimately will pay for it? (Hint: not the 1%)

It all goes back the criminal negligence and incompetence of Trumpy and his deplorables in handling the pandemic. Everything affects everything.

Way to go Trumpy.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-10-07 02:11 PM | Reply

I suspect most of these kids parents will fall into one of two categories: stupid people, and those who worked in medicine.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-07 02:13 PM | Reply

It's just like the flu.

- Moonbats.

#8 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-10-07 03:36 PM | Reply

Give them all some paper towels and a $50 Gofundme certificate. They will be ok. Just don't give them any welfare. Their parents died for the cause ...
-GOP anti-vaxxers

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2021-10-07 04:03 PM | Reply

That's weird. So many young orphans from a disease that primarily affects the over sixty population.

#10 | Posted by visitor_ at 2021-10-07 04:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Text me when it's over a million!" - Milfbomber

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2021-10-07 04:20 PM | Reply

'This Is a Crisis': 140K Kids Have Lost Parent Due to Covid

That's not as bad as having to wear a mask or get a shot!

-moronbomber

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-10-07 04:43 PM | Reply

That's weird. So many young orphans from a disease that primarily affects the over sixty population.

#10 | Posted by visitor_

What's not weird is republicans being so bad at math that they dont understand covid statistics at all.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-10-07 04:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No way these numbers add up. Show me your math.

#14 | Posted by visitor_ at 2021-10-08 11:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"No way these numbers add up. Show me your math."

No way you'd understand; they use Actual Math.

BTW, do you know what the definition of "a primary caregiver" is?

#15 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-10-08 11:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No way these numbers add up. Show me your math.

#14 | Posted by visitor_

Ah the trump approach - if you dont like the facts, say they're fake.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-10-08 01:00 PM | Reply

Let's run up those numbers by adding: Surely also a crisis for all those kids who lost parents due to automobile accidents and drug overdoses.

BTW, on average the annual flue kills about 60k a year so I'm sure some of those will add to the totals.

#17 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-10-08 03:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Let's run up those numbers by adding: Surely also a crisis for all those kids who lost parents due to automobile accidents and drug overdoses.

#17 | Posted by MSgt

Are those contagious conditions that could have been reduced if a major political party weren't determined to spread misinformation about them?

Covid sure is.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-10-08 03:11 PM | Reply

" BTW, on average the annual flu kills about 60k a year "

31k a year. Why do you feel the need to nearly double it?

#19 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-10-08 03:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

on average the annual flue[sic] kills about 60k a year
#17 | POSTED BY MSGT AT 2021-10-08 03:03 PM

This article is specifically about deaths of parents with kids under 18, not deaths at large. Why are righties so incapable of reading or staying remotely on topic?

#20 | Posted by JOE at 2021-10-08 03:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why are righties so incapable of reading or staying remotely on topic?

#20 | POSTED BY JOE

They read fine. They find it important to lie.

#21 | Posted by Zed at 2021-10-08 03:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Not surprised considering how many people waited until they were in their 40's to start families. Not unusual to see 60something-year-old parents at high school graduations for their children. Not to mention how many men make babies later in life with younger wives.

#22 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-10-08 05:12 PM | Reply

#20 | POSTED BY JOE AT 2021-10-08 03:44 PM | FLAG: ... because libbie yammering causes us to zone out ; )

#23 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-10-08 05:50 PM | Reply

Yes I'm sure it's all those 40+ year olds that had kids. That and the 85 and older primary care givers.

#24 | Posted by visitor_ at 2021-10-08 06:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It couldn't be more pandemic panic porn for the gullible.

#25 | Posted by visitor_ at 2021-10-08 07:00 PM | Reply

"Yes I'm sure it's all those 40+ year olds that had kids. That and the 85 and older primary care givers."

You're ignoring the 50-75 crowd who helped raise the grandkids.

Besides...let's say it's "only" 100K. Would that suddenly make it all okay???

#26 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-10-08 07:18 PM | Reply

I wonder what the statistics are for mishaps in the bathroom.

#27 | Posted by WaitA2nd at 2021-10-08 09:25 PM | Reply

It couldn't be more pandemic panic porn for the gullible.

#25 | POSTED BY VISITOR_ AT 2021-10-08 07:00 PM | FLAG: SNARK

I don't think so. I look at the numbers combined with contemporary American culture and see it as possible. Aside from the trend, I mentioned, others pointed out other family members who were caregivers not to mention multigenerational and extended families living in one house depending on each other because of economic factors.

Actually, that number makes sense because of the minority communities that were hit the hardest. Even without considering race, it's been the poor in general dying first and most. The poor outnumber the middle class by a small but significant margin.

Pretty dry extrapolation and there was nothing pornographic about it at all.

Deniers are going to deny. The world sees Republicl0wn's prefer embracing lies. There is nothing about ultraviolet irradiations of blood, getting chlorine bleach injections, hydroxychlorquin, horse paste porn to keep them intrigued either.

#28 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-10-08 09:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trumpers like Visitard like to dissgree with numbers, but never have any of their own.

How many parents of young children do you think have died of Covid?

What do you base that number on?

What number do you consider acceptable?

Answer these simple questions or just STFU already.

#29 | Posted by JOE at 2021-10-08 09:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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