The post-pandemic era is in sight. Restaurants are reopening. Sports venues are operating at full capacity. State of emergency declarations are expiring. Vaccination is slowly but surely reversing many of the abnormalities of pandemic life, but the rush to return to normal is already leaving millions of the most vulnerable Americans behind, many of whom are children, and working families.
All of this misery did not simply disappear the moment the FDA signed off on a vaccine. Nor will it be over when vaccination numbers reach a particular threshold. And when examining the lasting damage wrought by COVID-19, as the Kaiser Health Network did, it quickly becomes clear that the burden of COVID is still felt keenly by families and kids.
46,000 Kids Have Lost Parents
The financial hit of losing a parent is also hard and not just because two-income households suddenly become one-income households. Kids lose insurance that their now-deceased parent had through their job. And many are also unaware that they’re eligible for Social Security survivor benefits—because the onus is on the grieving family and not the government to make sure that money gets to where it belongs.
Life Expectancy Has Fallen At a Rate Not Seen Since World War II
Poverty, and Inequality, Has Grown in the Pandemic
Pandemic Related Job Losses Have Many Without Work
We Need to Do More to Help Families And Kids — But Where’s the Help?
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