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America’s Children: Responding to the Crisis Now

Quianta Moore

America’s Children: Responding to the Crisis Now.

By Quianta Moore, M.D., J.D., and Christopher Greeley, M.D.

Parental stress, which is heightened during natural disasters, can produce negative physiological responses in the developing brains of their infants and young children. This irreversibly alters the child’s brain structure, impacting their long-term prospects for good health and academic and economic success. Now is the time to institute policies and practices that mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the next generation, the authors write. 

This brief is part of a series on the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable families. The other reports focus on low-income mothers; undocumented immigrants; and resettled refugees in the U.S.