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Years from now, today’s children will tell the next generation about their experiences during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. What they recount will depend on how old they are currently and the circumstances in which they currently live. If an effective vaccine is developed soon, today’s infants will have no recollection of the direct effects of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection on their lives. Toddlers may have some vague nondescript recollections, but older children will vividly recollect missed milestones that can never be restored. An entire birth cohort of children will have missed seminal events such as middle school, high school or college graduations, senior proms, and sports seasons, that will be indelibly lacking from their memories, their yearbooks, and their Instagram feeds. These lacunae in their childhood experiences will assuredly be conveyed to their children, especially as their offspring approach the events they missed.
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Corresponding Author: Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, University of Washington, Child Health Institute, 6200 NE 74th St, Ste 120B, Seattle, WA 98115-8160 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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