About 1.5 million children around the world have lost a mother, father or other caregiver in the first 14 months of the pandemic, according to a new study. Over a million primary caregivers lost.
"These anonymous children are the tragically neglected consequence of millions of pandemic deaths ", wrote the researchers in the study, which was published in the medical journal The Lancet on Tuesday.
Many more children will suffer loss as the virus rages in many countries , researchers predict, and bereaved people are likely to be exposed to a range of additional traumas that can include mental health issues, abuse, chronic illness and poverty.
The estimates were developed using death statistics and other data for 21 countries which accounted for over 76% of global Covid deaths through April 30, 2021. The research teamInternational was led by a member of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and experts from international agencies, including the World Health Organization and Imperial College London.
The death of grandparents is a severe blow to many children. “In the United States, 40% of grandparents living with grandchildren are their primary caregivers; in the UK 40% of grandparents take care of their grandchildren on a regular basis, "the researchers wrote.
In a separate online report related to the study , researchers have warned that with the pandemic is far from over and vaccinations have yet to reach a large part of the world's population, self-fatalitiesAnnoyances were likely to continue to increase, with "serious consequences lasting at least until the age of 18 for affected children.
" The impact of these deaths of parents and caregivers differs among families, communities and nations, "the researchers wrote. “Yet there is one thing in common: A child's life often falls apart when they lose a parent or grandparent who cares for them. "