Still, available figures reflects the uneven numbers of Covid-19 in children.
In California and nationally, teens have the highest rates of Covid-19 loss compared to other age groups, most likely because their parents and grandparents are older and therefore more susceptible to the disease.
Children of color were also more likely to be mourned in the past two years. In California, the rate of Hispanic children who have lost a parent or caregiver to the virus is nearly four times higher than that of white children.
Here’s a more detailed look at the numbers:
The percentage of children dying of Covid-19 in the five largest states
Number of bereaved children in California by age
Age 0 to 4: 5.936
Age from 5 to 13: 13,566
Age 14 to 17: 7,389
All ages: 26,891
Bereavement rates by race in California
Asia: 226 per 100,000 children
Non-Hispanic Black: 314
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 647
American Indian or Alaska Native: 185
Non-Hispanic White: 123
Kathleen King, head of the organization Healthier Children’s Foundation, based in San Jose, which conducted the survey. That’s almost double the rate expected for that age group, she told me.
The pandemic has exacerbated a youth mental health crisis in the United States, experts say. In addition to rising rates of anxiety and depression, children are now struggling with loneliness at school and other disruptions, economic uncertainty and grief of all kinds.
Sparky Harlan, director of the Bill Wilson Center, a Santa Clara-based nonprofit that runs youth grief groups, told me that many children struggle with grief for the first time. witness loss. They see a young uncle die of Covid-19, and they worry their mother is next.
“It’s not just the caregivers, it’s the family network. Whether it’s grandparents or aunts or uncles – the loss children feel is huge,” she said. “They’re soaking in this pain.”
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