Children have now lost two years of progress in educational basics, and that is the least of it. They have been systematically trained in germaphobic paranoia to treat their peers and adults as pathogenic disease carriers whose presence is a threat rather than blessing. They have faced the demoralization that comes with constantly changing rules, instability of both home life and education, seen their houses of worship closed, and been coerced into a tedious life of endless screen time that is devoid of human warmth.
Dr. Todd Porter is a community pediatrician who has worked in a large safety-net hospital system caring for mostly low income children of color. He has been an eyewitness to the disproportionate harms the Covid-19 public health response has had on children.