Media begins to acknowledge impact of COVID-19 restrictions on America’s youth

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health policies, many experts have warned of the potential short-term and long-term impact on the nation’s youth.

In a recent report, one CBS News correspondent offered an unusually candid assessment of the “crushing” damage being inflicted on young people.

“Suffered and sacrificed the most”

Jan Crawford decried the harm being done by older generations in power, whose efforts to stop the spread of the virus will live on in younger people “for the rest of their lives.”

Although children face a low risk of serious illness or death as a direct result of COVID-19, Crawford asserted that they have “suffered and sacrificed the most” from the lockdowns and restrictions imposed to contain viral outbreaks.

The well-being of those children, she argued, is being treated as an “afterthought” to many of the nation’s leaders.

Crawford cited a spike in suicide attempts among children, particularly minorities.

“Tremendous negative impact on kids, and it’s been an afterthought,” she complained. “It’s hurt their dreams, their future, learning loss, risk of abuse, their mental health.”

“No federal solution”

Insisting that policies have lacked sufficient nuance to deal with the long-lasting implications among young people, Crawford said that the harm imposed by widespread lockdowns is “the greatest underreported story of the year.”

Although Crawford referred to the sacrifice being made by American kids, it might be more accurate to depict the adults in charge as the ones who sacrificed children with no power to shape national and local policies.

After nearly two years of progressive politicians calling for widespread shutdowns and restrictions, some within the nation’s bureaucracy are beginning to speak out about the damage being done by those policies.

Perhaps most frustrating of all is the fact that the COVID-19 infection rate continues to climb across the nation despite the continued enforcement of such restrictions. Even President Joe Biden acknowledged in a recent phone call with governors that there “is no federal solution” to the problem, noting that it only “gets solved at the state level.”

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