Although they don’t get sick nearly as often as adults and when they do get sick, they tend to not suffer nearly as many complications as adults, this pandemic has been very hard on kids, and if you don’t think so, just imagine what your childhood would have felt like if for over a year-and-a-half you had not been allowed to play with friends, go to school, enjoy all those things that kids live for.
Case closed: It’s been a disastrous time for kids.
And what isn’t even factored into that accounting is that kids will suffer long-term consequences from this pandemic as well such as much higher rates soon of other vaccine-preventable diseases since vaccination rates have dropped dramatically.
One addition to the long-term cost of this pandemic on kids comes from a Hong Kong study of nearly 2000 kids which was published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology in which the researchers claim that they’ve detected a “rise in cases of short-sightedness (myopia) among children in Hong Kong” over the last year, and they postulate that that rise in myopia may be due to “a significant decrease in the time (Hong Kong kids) have been able to spend outdoors and a sharp rise in screen time during the coronavirus pandemic.”
The great thing to always remember is how resilient kids are, but it’s also very important to acknowledge that the sooner we return kids to what they would normally be doing, the better for them – and for us.