With 500,000 official deaths in the U.S., here’s a question for helping come up with an objective assessment of how bad covid has been. The Spanish flu of 1918 hit men between 20 and 40 the hardest, thus leaving many widows and orphans. With 500,000 Americans now having died from covid, how many orphans (under 18 years old) did this toll create by killing one of their parents who was providing either substantial financial support or substantial in-home child care?
I did a little superficial research and found a WSJ article on covid orphans.
The last time Roberto Tobias Jr. talked to his father he put on a face mask and shield, gloves and a gown. Then the 17-year-old entered the room in Mount Sinai Queens where his father, Roberto Sr., 72, lay dying of Covid-19 complications.
Then he lost his mother (only 61) to the pandemic. The article goes on before I hit the paywall to say:
… it’s difficult to figure out exactly how many children have lost a caregiver or have been orphaned, but experts say the scale of the losses is likely staggering.
I’m not one of these experts, but I’d guess 4 figures or low 5 figures.