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The long-term biological effects of COVID-19 stress on kids’ future health and development

One fortunate aspect of COVID-19 is that children have been less directly affected by the disease. But despite the relatively low incidence of severe illness in children, the response to the pandemic may have long-term adverse effects on the health and well-being of children and adolescents.

The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of families and children

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused intense anxiety and stress resulting in profound mental health consequences. Being described as the “Fourth Wave” of the pandemic, these mental health consequences are expected to result in significant health and social costs. As mental health and child development researchers affiliated with the SEC, in collaboration with the CMHA, we measured the mental health impacts of COVID-19, including the impacts on families and children.

More than food banks are needed to feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 is revealing critical weaknesses in how we care for each other. While many Canadians are being thrown out of work and need emergency food assistance, food banks have had to shut down operations to deal with physical distancing requirements, reduce staffing as elderly volunteers stay home to self-isolate and ration food as donations decline.