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Goldie Hawn says America has 'failed' children during COVID-19 pandemic

Goldie Hawn emphasized the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on America's children in an op-ed published Wednesday. Hawn likened the "existential dread" felt by children amid the coronavirus pandemic to the "dread" felt by children following the Cold War, the Challenger crash and 9/11 in an op-ed for USA Today.

"Today, we are in the midst of a national trauma that could very well surpass 9/11 and approach the heightened terror of the Cold War years," Hawn wrote. "The COVID era has changed our children’s lives in far more real, tangible ways — social distancing, school closures, daily mask use." The "Overboard" actress went on to say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the U.S.

surgeon general and the American Academy of Pediatrics all agree that "the state of our children's mental health is now at the level of a national emergency." Goldie Hawn said America has ‘failed’ its children in an op-ed written for USA Today. (Getty) "This tells us that as a nation, we have failed our children," she continued.

"The few federal and state dollars that get directed to youth ‘mental health’ invariably end up being earmarked for addiction and ‘crisis care,’ addressing only the most severe disorders.There are modest funds once a kid ends up in a hospital. But what about before?" "We are not properly funding preventive care and early interventions that normalize the mental struggles every individual has at some level," Hawn added.

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Goldie Hawn emphasized the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on America's children in an op-ed published Wednesday. Hawn likened the "existential dread" felt by children amid the coronavirus pandemic to the "dread" felt by children following the Cold War, the Challenger crash and 9/11 in an op-ed for USA Today.
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