They must not be left behind in its aftermath When the Titanic sank there was a linear relation between the social class of passengers and their risk of drowning.1 During the bubonic plague, the upper classes fled Italian cities for safer country residences, heeding the public health advice, “cito, longe, tarde” (flee early, flee far, return late)2; the less wealthy were left behind and died disproportionately as a result. A similar pattern was seen in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.3 History tells us that, during times of crisis, vulnerable groups lose out most. The covid-19 pandemic is no different. Emerging data show the pandemic tracking along social fault lines.4 And although children are not the face of this pandemic, they are deeply affected. The UN warns of “unprecedented risks to the rights and safety and development of the world’s children.”5

 

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Citation Sinha IanBennett DavaraTaylor-Robinson David CChildren are being sidelined by covid-19