New data published in a federal report confirmed that province-wide or regional lockdowns had a more negative impact on children than the virus itself.
Information from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s data blog based on a survey of parents across Canada found that parents were concerned about the health and well-being of their children as a result of school closures and the switch to online learning.
Of the over 8 million children across the country, only 1,388 were hospitalized with the coronavirus to date, meaning 99.9% of children across Canada were never hospitalized with COVID-19, according toBlacklock’s Reporter.
Of those that were hospitalized, 165 were treated at intensive care units, while 14 died.
In Ontario, the only province or territory to publish data for children aged 14 and under, a total of 141 have been hospitalized.
Children identified as the most negatively affected by the lockdowns were those diagnosed with cognitive, behavioural or emotional disabilities, according to the Public Health Agency’s blog.
Parents of children with disabilities reported a greater number of concerns compared to parents of children in the same age range with no disabilities, the report said.
The survey, which consisted of mostly mothers, found that 43% said they were “very” or “extremely” concerned about their children’s mental health, while 61% of parents with children with disabilities reported the same level of concern.
A little over half (52%) said they were “extremely” worried about the effects of loneliness on their kids compared to 63% parents of children with disabilities.
The findings were based on Statistics Canada questionnaires of 32,000 parents of children aged 14 and under.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, data has shown that of the over 274,000 children who contracted the coronavirus, 99.5% didn’t need to be hospitalized.