An estimated 40,000 children in the US have lost at least one parent to COVID-19, new findings suggest, with adolescents accounting for the majority of the total.
Researchers from Stony Brook University published findings in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, which suggested 37,300 kids under the age of 17 lost a parent to COVID-19, as of February 2021.
“Unfortunately, there [has] been a large jump in mortality since then, so I would estimate an even larger burden today,” Rachel Kidman, corresponding study author and associate professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University, told Fox News in an email.
The total marks a 20 percent increase compared to the number of kids losing a parent during a typical year, researchers say.
“Children who lose a parent are at elevated risk of traumatic grief, depression, poor educational outcomes and unintentional death or suicide and these consequences can persist into adulthood,” study authors wrote, adding that sudden death of a parent can exacerbate trauma among children