More than 140,000 U.S. children have lost a parent or caregiver during the COVID-19 crisis due to the coronavirus or pandemic-related causes, Business Insider reported Sunday, citing a new study.
This was according to data from Johns Hopkins University as revealed on Tuesday.
It meant that about one out of 500 American children had suffered from the misfortune, it said.
It added that the situation would put extra psychological and financial pressure on those kids.
The United States (U.S.) financial news website data also revealed vast disparities by race and ethnicity, with the majority of the children, about 65 per cent, being members of racial and ethnic minority groups.
The U.S. was the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than 47 million confirmed cases, and over 764,000 deaths.