Caregiver Casualties from Covid-19 by Eleanor Gaccetta

In 2019, prior to the pandemic, AARP statistics indicated that 1.6 million children between the ages of 8 and 18 were responsible for providing care to elderly relatives. I have, on numerous occasions, expressed my disappointment that so many children are being robbed of their childhood. They must go home after school to care for an elderly relative rather than participate in after-school activities or hang out with their friends.

During the first week of October 2021, new statistics were published in the journal Pediatrics reporting new findings from a different perspective. According to the article, 1 in every 515 kids has lost a caregiver to Covid-19. That number is staggering. Consider the fact that more than 700,000 people have lost their lives from Covid-19. The number of children who have been orphaned by this disease is difficult to comprehend. Considering the number of unvaccinated adults and children, this number will continue to rise. Is the argument of the unvaccinated Freedom of Choice demand worth risking the possibility that your child could become an orphan? I wouldn’t think so…but I am vaccinated.

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