The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that more than 140,000 children have experienced the loss of a parent or caretaker since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
That's according to a new report published Thursday by the CDC, as reported by ABC News.
The study, which considered data from April 2020 until June 2021, quantified an under-discussed issue of the pandemic: the magnitude of trauma children who've lost guardians have suffered at home, even as the virus continues to largely target adults.
It also found that the burden of grief has fallen hardest on children of color.
Nearly one in 500 children have lost a mother, father or grandparent who cared for them since April of 2020, the study found. But the majority of children, almost seven out of every 10 who have lost parents or caretakers during the pandemic, are Black, Hispanic or Native American.
The authors of the study called for federal attention and resources to address the trauma, which will continue to grow as long as the pandemic continues. Already, the authors estimate the number of children who've experience loss is higher than 140,000, because of the delta variant surge that hit the U.S. over the summer after the study concluded.
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