Unsafe conditions for children in wake of COVID-19 [northcarolinahealthnews.org]


By Sarah Ovaska, North Carolina Health News, April 28, 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus has meant an unprecedented retreat from our everyday lives – schools unexpectedly shut down, restaurants closed, and many jobs suddenly disappeared.

Children as a whole seem to be avoiding the more serious health effects of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean they are all safe. The closure of public schools and some child care facilities means some vulnerable children could be staying in homes that may not have been stable or safe before the pandemic.

“You think about families who are isolated and how a small situation can set things off” in normal times, said Erin Drew, the executive director of The Family Place, a community support center in Transylvania County.

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