September 18, 2020

Kids are losing their childhood to the coronavirus pandemic. This is what it feels like for them.

Kids are losing their childhood to the coronavirus pandemic. This is what it feels like for them.

There are few things more depressing than constantly reminding a young child that she must stay six feet away from a friend she meets on the street during a neighborhood shelter-in-place walk.

We’re trying to keep everyone healthy, you say.

From the coronavirus, she responds.

She’s already learned to stop asking if she can hug anyone outside her immediate family. Then she begs to inch closer to the friend and you wince while saying no.

COVID-19, the official term for the disease caused by the deadly virus, has upended life everywhere, but for millions of children and teens it’s a particularly startling change of course. Experiences essential to their growth and development — things we took for granted just a few weeks ago — are now off-limits as we bet on extreme social distancing to beat back a disease that’s swiftly killed …

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