Background: Compared to adults most children don’t get as sick from SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), are hospitalized and/or have complications less often, and rarely die. Minimizing the impact of Covid-19 on children, though, serves to divert attention from our collective obligation to protect children from harm. It also risks ignoring another Covid-19 related crisis: children’s mental health. Kids need safe spaces to gather in. They need to interact with their friends, grandparents, and teachers. Covid-19 has changed the most basic rules of childhood and it is hurting our children.

Objective: To describe how this pandemic is harming children’s mental health.

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