Oct. 6, 2021
At least 140K US children have lost caregivers to COVID-19. Children of color have taken the brunt of it.
At least 140,000 children across the U.S. have lost a primary or secondary caregiver to COVID-19, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Pediatrics. What's more, researchers found children of color account for 65 percent of children orphaned from COVID-19through June. That's more than 91,000 children of color, compared to 51,000 white children. Indigenous children also suffer unique challenges compounding the deaths, said Hopi tribe member Dr. Felina Cordova-Marks, a University of Arizona professor and health disparities expert, who founded the Southern Arizona Urban Native Indigenous COVID Relief program. "The loss of a caregiver will definitely impact mental health and all aspects of health among American Indian children, as it may compound historical trauma," she said. "As Native Indigenous people, we look at health holistically with a loss of life and loss of culture affecting all of these. Resilience is woven into us as a people as well. Culture is connected to resilience."