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Children are losing caregivers to COVID-19: they need support

By Lorraine Sherr, Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, UCL
Lucie Cluver, Honorary Professor in Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
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Children have a very low risk of death or severe disease from COVID-19. As a result, they have not been a core focus in the pandemic response priorities of prevention, detection, and response. But this approach doesn’t take into account the secondary impacts of the pandemic. These include children being orphaned or bereft of their caregivers.

Children are among the most vulnerable members of any society and are thus disproportionately affected by the devastation of this pandemic. If every adult death represents…

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