Cardenas MC, Bustos SS, Chakraborty R. A ‘parallel pandemic’: The psychosocial burden of COVID-19 in children and adolescents. Acta Paediatr. 2020 Aug 16:10.1111/apa.15536. doi: 10.1111/apa.15536. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32799388; PMCID: PMC7461397.
The widespread restrictive measures used to control the transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2) infection include but are not limited to social distancing and temporary shutdown of schools, companies, and recreational facilities. These dramatic shifts in lifestyle implemented in a short time‐frame, have inadvertently exposed a darker social scenery that challenges the well‐being and development of a generation of children and adolescents globally. The pandemic has stretched the capacity of healthcare providers and home caregivers in resource‐rich and resource‐limited economies, leaving many children in circumstances that offer limited physical, infrastructural, emotional, and social support