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Covid-19: 1.5 million children have been orphaned by pandemic, study estimates

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1871 (Published 22 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1871

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  1. Luke Taylor
  1. Portsmouth

Covid-19 has not only killed more than four million people worldwide but has also left at least one million orphans, a study published in the Lancet has estimated.1

A person under 18 loses a caregiver to covid every 12 seconds, say the study’s authors, and the toll continues to grow, even as the pandemic recedes.

“For every two covid-19 deaths worldwide, one child is left behind to face the death of a parent or caregiver,” said Susan Hillis, one of the study’s lead authors and a member of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Covid-19 Response Team. “By April 30, 2021, these 1.5 million children had become the tragic overlooked consequence.”2

The study …

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