COVID-19 is affecting New York’s children, but not the way you think
Medical experts agree that the novel coronavirus does not pose as large a threat to children as it does to adults and those with underlying conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics says children account for only 10 percent of COVID-19 cases nationally, and of those, a much lower percentage require hospitalization than their adult counterparts.
However, the pandemic is having a devastating effect on children. A recent study from the United Hospital Fund and Boston Consulting Group estimates that more than 4,200 children in New York have lost a parent or guardian to COVID-19, leaving many rudderless and more often than not in poverty.