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'Their Whole Sky Has Fallen': 1 in 450 Youth Have Lost a Parent or Caregiver to COVID


December 27, 2021

More than 167,000 U.S. children are believed to have lost parents or caregivers to COVID-19 during the pandemic. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Melanie Keaton, 9, used to spend hours playing with her grandfather. Having tea time together from her miniature toy set. Taking trips to the zoo. Zig-zagging their characters across the board of Candy Land.

When he fell ill from the coronavirus in April 2020 and went to the hospital during New York City's deadly first wave, the young girl, then just 7, turned to her mother.

"He'll be OK, right?" she asked.


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