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Today we highlight a story by Alia E. Dastagir of USA Today. She reports that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing major distress among children ages 5 and younger, a critical time for child development. But the national conversation has not focused enough on the problem, according to researchers with the RAPID-EC project, who are surveying caregivers of young children.
“The project has been conducting weekly surveys since April and has found caregivers of young children are experiencing distress, material hardship and loss of emotional supports,” Dastagir reports. “Since the project’s data is sequential, it also is able to show a chain reaction. When a family is stressed about meeting basic needs, the next week they report more emotional distress, (and they later) report increases in their child’s emotional distress.”
Phil Fisher, the project’s director, told Dastagir that such distress could manifest years later as health effects ranging from increased rates of heart disease to diabetes.
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The state Department of Health services on Wednesday launched a new “decision tool” that helps people weigh the risks of various activities during the pandemic.
“The safest choices are to stay home and wear a face covering when you are out,” Gov. Tony Evers said in statement. “At the same time, we know from the data that people are choosing to participate in activities that put themselves and others at risk, and we hope this tool will assist people in making safe choices.”
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