COVID-19 and Children

Harvard Medical School | Alice McCarthy “Infection in pediatric patients of all ages tends to be associated with significantly lower rates of hospitalization and significantly lower rates of critical and severe illness.” New information about COVID-19 is flooding the news each day, but not all of it is reliable. In this article, Alice McCarthy of…

How Child Care Startups in the US are Helping Families Cope with the COVID-19 Crisis

TechCrunch | Catherine Shu “…the situation is highlighting the value of caregivers to the economy and the well-being of families. At the same time, it also underscores how vulnerable many providers are, with few safety nets.” Child care in the United States has been among the most impacted industries during the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of…

Why Children are Not Immune to COVID-19

BBC | Michelle Fernandes “Children with very mild disease are probably going to be one of the major contributors to spreading the virus across the population.” Scientists are encouraging the public not to jump to the conclusion that children are less susceptible to the novel coronavirus following a report from the Chinese Center for Disease…

States Can Do More to Help Students Access Nutritious School Meals During Pandemic-Related School Closures

Child Trends | Emily Fulks, Sara Anderson, and Kristen Harper “Nearly 22 million students nationwide rely on free and reduced-price meals at school, but school closures from COVID-19 have put school meal programs at risk of failing to meet the needs of eligible children.” State-level policy often includes plans for how school districts should react to pandemics; however,…

Lower Your Expectations, And Other Parenting Advice For The Era Of COVID-19

Colorado Public Radio | Jenny Brundin “It’s impossible to be working and homeschooling your kids and dealing with global pandemic on your own.” Coronavirus has upended the plans and lifestyles of millions. This story from Colorado Public Radio investigates how families are adjusting to life during the pandemic. Read more from Colorado Public Radio.

Colorado Emergency Child Care Expands to Include Grocery, Construction Workers

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “State officials urged essential workers in its Monday announcement to exhaust all other options before seeking emergency child care through the state system. There are far more workers in eligible categories than available child care spots.” Tens of thousands of Colorado workers essential to fighting the pandemic now qualify for…

Scientists Seek Reason Why Coronavirus has Less Impact on Children

Financial Times | Anjana Ahuja “While babies and children are not succumbing to the same degree as adults, it is a mistake to think they are invincible.” Right now, the new coronavirus seems to have the greatest affect on older people, while leaving most young with minor symptoms. But as more is learned about COVID-19,…