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120,000 children have lost their parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic



(NEW YORK) — A new study suggests the number of U.S. children orphaned during the COVID-19 pandemic may be greater than previously thought, and the toll among blacks and Hispanics was far greater.

More than half of the children who lost their primary caregiver during the pandemic belonged to these two racial groups, which make up about 40% of the US population, according to a study published Thursday by the medical journal Pediatrics.

“These results really highlight those children who have become the most vulnerable due to the pandemic and who should be targeted with additional resources,” said one of the authors of the study, Dr. J. Alexandra Blenkinsop from Imperial College London said in a statement. .

The study found that in the 15 months of the nearly 19-month COVID-19 pandemic, more than 120,000 U.S. children have lost parents or grandparents who were a major provider of financial support and care. An additional 22,000 children experienced the death of a secondary caregiver, such as grandparents who provided housing but did not meet the child’s other basic needs.

In many cases, surviving parents or other relatives stayed behind to provide for these children. But the researchers used the term “orphanhood” in their study, trying to estimate how many children’s lives were turned upside down.

Federal statistics are not yet available on how many children in the US were placed in foster care last year. Researchers estimate that COVID-19 has led to a 15% increase in the number of orphans.

The new study’s numbers are based on statistical modeling that uses birth rates, death statistics, and household composition data to make estimates.

An earlier study by various researchers found that as of February 2021, approximately 40,000 children in the US have lost a parent to COVID-19.

The results of the two studies do not contradict each other, said Ashton Verdery, author of the earlier study. Verderi and colleagues focused on a shorter time frame than in the new study. The Verderi group also only focused on the deaths of the parents, while the new article also reflects what happened to the grandparents who looked after the children.

“It’s very important to understand the loss of grandparents,” Verderi, a Penn State researcher, said in an email. “Many children live with grandparents”, which is more common among certain racial groups.

About 32% of all children who lost their primary caregiver were Hispanic, and 26% were black. Hispanics and blacks make up a much smaller percentage of the population. White children make up 35% of children who have lost primary caregivers, even though more than half of the population is white.

In some states, the differences were much more pronounced. In California, 67% of children who lost primary caregivers were Hispanics. The study found that in Mississippi, 57% of children who lost primary caregivers were black.

The new study based its calculations on excess deaths, or deaths above what might be considered typical. Most of these deaths were caused by the coronavirus, but the pandemic has also led to more deaths from other reasons.

Kate Kelly, a teenager from Georgia, lost her 54-year-old father in January. William “Ed” Kelly had difficulty breathing, she said, and the emergency clinic suspected it was related to COVID-19. But it turned out that his artery was clogged, and he died at work from a heart attack, leaving Kate, her two sisters and her mother.

In the first month after his death, friends and neighbors brought food, made donations and were very supportive. But after that, it seemed like everyone was gone except for Kate and her family.

“There didn’t seem to be any help,” said the Lilburn senior.


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The court listens to the last words of a woman who died in a giant frog monkey slime ritual.



Natasha Lechner applied Amazonian tree frog toxins several times to burns on her skin before the ritual that led to her death on March 8, 2019. The reaction to the “cure” at her final ceremony was unsettling.

“She got weak pretty quickly and went into a sort of recovery position,” Victoria Sinclair, a self-proclaimed spiritual teacher, told the inquest into Lechner’s death Tuesday morning. “Then she sat down, grabbed my hand, just looked at me and said, ‘This is not good.’

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Sinclair said that Lechner first used an incense candle to make three small burns on Sinclair’s left calf and one on her left ear. She then applied Kambo, which caused a strong reaction, with Sinclair describing uterine cramps that were “not necessarily normal.” Sinclair said she started cleaning within 15 minutes.

Sinclair explained that she then gave Lechner five burns and applied Kambo. It was then that Lechner became ill, she said “That’s not good” and fainted while trying to sit up, Lechner also began to mutter and her lips turned blue. Sinclair also said that her friend’s hands began to twitch and her breathing became difficult.

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