COVID-19-Associated Orphanhood and Caregiver Death in the United States

Pediatrics Journal

Caregiver death increases risks of short-term trauma and lifelong adverse consequences for children. One micro-simulation research letter estimated parental deaths in the U.S. to Feb 2021. A global study aggregated COVID-associated orphanhood and co-resident caregiver deaths across 21 countries.

This report captures overall and U.S. state-specific findings, disaggregated by race/ethnicity, for COVID-19-associated orphanhood and death of grandparent caregivers. High rates of orphanhood, marked disparities, and state-specific differences show the overlooked burden among children at greatest risk, in states most affected.