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Does COVID-19 affect children? Here is Big News

Children are not on direct hit-list of COVID-19, Rather They Are Exposed to Secondary Challenges

Nowadays people are usually asking that is it possible for coronavirus to affect children. Here we will have a thorough eye on the current research. Let’s answer our question, Does COVID-19 affect children? Here is Big News.

Direct and indirect effects

With respect to health issues, children are far away from direct exposure. However, their other life aspects are completely challenged. Socially, economically, ethologically, and mentally students are somewhat affected. In the short, medium, and long run, children are likely to be severe victims.

Health effects

Data from UNICEF shows that COVID-19 has no direct effects on the health of the children. No such fatality is in reports up to date. Thanks to this, children are safe from direct effects. But other areas cannot be neglected with respect to health issues. For example, when schools are closed, statistics show a loss in house income. There is a limitation in vaccination. Health services reductions will increase death counts up to 1.2million for children five years of age. It will affect the child as well as maternal health and will aid to increase death counts.

Schooling and learning

As it is clear from COVID-19 that schooling of children and youth is at high risk. More than 180 countries have ceased the process of learning for children and youth. Up to the mark, 1.5 Billion children and youth are on the list. Of these countries, many are trying and applying for distance learning programs, but in vain. The highest ratio of people does not have any access to the internet.

Psychological effects

The study finds that due to school closure on weekends, children are physically less active. They face screen for more time than usual. They have abnormal sleep patterns. Children take fewer promising diets. Abnormal sleep and unusual diets have negative effects on a child’s mental health. Besides these reasons, social media is playing a very negative role. Social media presents over-statistics and figures about the COVID-19.

Socio-economic effects

Children belonging to poor countries are on the hit list. They are victims of COVID-19 with respect to their schooling. Children’s tours to parks are now halted and thus they are sufferers. The number of poor monetary households will increase by up to 106.2millions by the end of 2020.

we hope that this month will be a borrowing month for COVID-19. Let us come together, join hands, and go according to SOPs given by WHO.

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Sohail Anjum

Sohail Anjum completed his undergraduate degree in Zoology from University of Malakand in September 2019. He is a young researcher in Ecology. He has also worked with IUCN as a Reviewer of Proposals for IUCN Congress 2020.

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