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Low-Income Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the US

Educational Objective
To understand how COVID-19 has affected the lives of low-income children
1 Credit CME

For general pediatricians who have worked in busy practices delivering well-child care, administering immunizations, and supporting children and families with social needs, the empty clinic hallways and examination rooms are a stark reminder of who is missing from the daily news feed about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: children, particularly those who live in poverty. The rate of serious illness among young children from the novel coronavirus is very low.1 Yet to slow the spread of the virus, all states have closed schools, disrupting routines critical to learning, nutrition, and social development. Directly and indirectly, low-income children have been forced to subordinate their own well-being for the greater good. To recognize and respect this sacrifice, the US should make a commitment to provide them with the opportunities they have long deserved.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, Child Health Advocacy Institute, Children’s National Hospital, 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010 (dgdooley@childrensnational.org).

Published Online: May 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2065

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Contributions: We thank Joshua Sharfstein, MD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for his conceptual contributions and critical review of the manuscript. He was not compensated.

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