COVID Collaborative In the News

"What is clear, as the second pandemic spring tilts into the second pandemic summer, is that efforts like the COVID Collaborative will be needed for some time to come."
— New York Times, June 16, 2021

Reducing Racial Disparities in Cancer Outcomes

A disproportionate number of Black patients die from cancer in the United States. A key to addressing this problem is enrolling more Black patients in clinical trials. A strategy consisting of these three parts can help accomplish this goal.

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A father’s death, a son’s despair: How COVID upended a family

The Reyes family from California opens up about their experiences with grief and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 167,000 children under 18 have lost a parent or other in-home caregiver to COVID-19, according to a December report by researchers from the COVID Collaborative and Social Policy Analytics. Black and Latino children experienced more than twice the rate of loss of white children.

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3,000+ NC children lost a caregiver to COVID, report says

More than 3,000 children in North Carolina have lost a caregiver over the course of the pandemic, according to a report from the COVID Collaborative.

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Op-Ed: New Year, New Hope for Rural America in the Fight Against COVID

A New Year rings in and the COVID pandemic is still with us. Pandemic fatigue is understandable at this point. But the loss of more than 824,000 Americans to date and the arrival of a new, more transmissible variant, should drive a renewed push to turn the tide. We have the tools to do it. We know where our focus must be, but one area of great concern is rural America.

Alan Morgan and John M. Bridgeland

Half the nation's caregivers who died by COVID-19 were in 5 states. Georgia is one of them

A new report estimates more than 167,000 children nationwide lost a primary caregiver to COVID-19. Georgia is one of five states making up half that number. GPB’s Ellen Eldridge reports.

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When Children Suffer COVID-19 Losses, Grandparents Fill the Gap

​More than 167,000 U.S. children have lost a parent or caregiver in the pandemic​.

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Why 2022 Is the Year We Learn to Live With COVID-19

Hopes of eliminating COVID-19 in the U.S. through vaccine-generated herd immunity are now dashed. Instead, with the rapid spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant, we need to focus on 2022 as the year that in the U.S. will usher in a new era of “living with the virus.”

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More than 3,600 N.C. children are coping with the death of a caregiver due to the pandemic

At least 3,626 children across North Carolina — mostly students of color — are currently coping with the death of a caregiver due to COVID-19. Schools will bear responsibility for supporting children who’ve experienced this loss as they learn and grow over the next two decades.

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More Than 3,600 N.C. Children Are Coping With the Death of a Caregiver During the Pandemic

Children who have lost caregivers are more likely to experience mental health problems and lower self-esteem. They’re also at higher risk of suicide, violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation.

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A call to action to help America's children who lost caregivers

America’s COVID-19 crisis has not ended, but we have begun to count the staggering size of the nation’s loss. Some of the cruelest pain has come to a group with the least capacity to understand and cope with it — children who have lost a parent or other in-home caregiver to the virus. The impact on these children, their families, and their communities will be that much more profound if Americans do not rally to support them.

John M. Bridgeland and Dan Treglia

‘Their whole sky has fallen’: more than 167,000 US children have lost a caregiver to Covid

Death toll underscores daunting task facing schools as they help students recover not just academically, but also emotionally

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National Trauma: 1 in 450 Youth Have Lost a Parent or Caregiver to COVID

Young Brooklynite, Melanie Keaton, is one of more than 167,000 children who are believed to have lost parents or caregivers to COVID during the pandemic — roughly 1 in every 450 young people in the U.S. under age 18.

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