(CNN) More than a million children around the world have lost a parent to Covid-19, and a total of 1.5 million have lost either a parent, a grandparent who helped care for them or some other relative responsible for their care, a new study finds.
"Covid-19 has created this urgent crisis affecting children in almost every nation," Dr. Susan Hillis of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Response Team, who worked on the study, told CNN.
"For every two Covid-19 deaths, one child faces the death of a parent or caregiver."
They used methods developed and validated years ago to estimate the number of children globally who would have been orphaned by AIDS to forecast the number of Covid-19 orphans.
Plus, they added, "1,562,000 children experienced the death of at least one primary or secondary caregiver."
Dr, Susan Hillis
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