Monday, December 14, 2020

Children Pen Heartbreaking Letters to Santa Sharing Hardships Faced During Pandemic; Study Shows Depression in Children During Lockdown Increased 'substantially', and other C-Virus Updates

'I have not had a good year': Children pen heartbreaking letters to Santa sharing hardships faced during pandemic:
Kaden, a boy from California, doesn't want much for Christmas this year: just a remote-controlled car, a green jacket and a coronavirus-free school year.
"Dear Santa," he wrote in a handwritten letter. "I would do enything if you could some-haw restart 5th grade with NO COVid. so plees if you the amasing Santa could restart it I wood be happy"
Kaden is one of thousands of kids who mailed their Christmas lists through USPS Operation Santa. The program, which has been running in some form for over 107 years, accepts letters from kids in need and matches them up with donors to make their holiday wishes come true.
And in 2020, kids have more than just toys on their Christmas lists, with many Operation Santa letters reflecting the hardships families are facing during the pandemic. --->READ MORE HERE
Cambridge study shows depression in children during coronavirus lockdown increased 'substantially':
A new study examining the effects of coronavirus lockdowns on children in the United Kingdom shows their mental health deteriorated “substantially.”
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge, tracked 168 children between the ages of 7 1/2 and 11 1/2 before and after the government imposed the first lockdown and revealed “ a significant increase in depression symptoms.”
“During the UK lockdown, children’s depression symptoms have increased substantially, relative to before lockdown,” the study read. “The scale of this effect has direct relevance for the continuation of different elements of lockdown policy, such as complete or partial school closures.” --->READ MORE HERE
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