‘Future Of An Entire Generation At Risk,’ UNICEF Warns In Report On Pandemic’s Impacts On Children

New York Times: UNICEF warns of a ‘lost generation’ and finds school closures are ineffective
“One of the small mercies of the coronavirus is that the risk of serious illness in children has so far been relatively small. But that does not mean that the toll has not been devastating. Even with the promise of a vaccine on the horizon, a new report by UNICEF, the United Nations agency for children, warned that ‘the future of an entire generation is at risk,’ with the threat to children ‘increasing, not decreasing’ as the world deals with the economic fallout of the pandemic. The report, based on surveys from 140 countries, paints an alarming picture of a generation facing ‘a trifecta of threats: direct consequences of the disease itself, interruption in essential services and increasing poverty and inequality’…” (Santora, 11/19).

U.N. News: Future of an entire generation at risk, as COVID-19 pandemic drags on
“…In a report, released on Thursday ahead of World Children’s Day, UNICEF outlined ‘dire and growing’ consequences for children as the coronavirus pandemic lurches towards a second year. ‘Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a persistent myth that children are barely affected by the disease. Nothing could be further from the truth,’ said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director…” (11/19).

Additional coverage of UNICEF’s report and the pandemic’s impacts on children is available from New York Times, POLITICO, and Xinhua.

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