World Vision – December 2020
COVID-19 is not currently perceived as a major threat to children, particularly because of the relatively low number of girls and boys believed to have contracted the disease. Severe infections are rare and, according to the University of Oxford, child deaths have, to date, been relatively few. But such positive statistics mask a much bigger threat to the world’s youngest citizens. Based on evidence from the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, millions of girls and boys in the world’s poorest and most fragile places are facing disastrous “secondary” impacts from the pandemic that will put their lives and their futures at risk.