More than 140 thousand children orphaned in the United States by covid-19

NEW YORK.- A recent study by the medical journal Pediatrics reveals that 142,637 children of different ethnicities, among them are Dominicans, residents of the United States, have suffered the death of some of their parents or grandparents by Covid-19.

According to the study, of the more than 142,000 minors in grief, 32% are Latino and 26% African American.

Over the 15-month pandemic, the study estimates that for every 4 deaths from the virus between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, a child lost a parent or primary caregiver, and dozens of these children they could suffer trauma in the future.

The study further indicates that minority races have been the hardest hit, with one in every 168 Native American children affected by the death of a parent or caregiver, compared to one in 753 white American children.

In addition, one in 310 African-Americans has suffered this type of death, compared to one in 412 Hispanic American children and one in 612 Asian children.

The psychotherapist Elizabeth Delicio maintains that “the child can fall into depression or anxiety. For example, he will not want to sleep alone, he will have nightmares, he can sleep a lot, little, gain or lose weight, lack of concentration, he will lower the grades in school, all this is normal because they are grieving processes ” .

Most orphaned children live in orphanages and sadly grow up deprived of the emotional support that only parents can provide. In the United States, in general, they do have food, a roof, clothes, education, but there is always something that they lack, the loving kiss of a mother or the tender embrace of a father.

Worldwide, more than 1,500,000 children have been left without their primary or secondary caregivers during the pandemic, the study notes.

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