Cate Dingley

Covid's Youngest Victims
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nationality: American
Biography: CATE DINGLEY (b. 1989) is a photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2018, Dingley was selected by Magenta Flash Forward as one of 100 international emerging photographers and in 2017 she was listed by TIME as one of 34 female photographers... read on
Covid's Youngest Victims
cate dingley
Feb 24, 2021
Location: amarillo, texas
For The Washington Post / Online 2/21/21 & in print 2/22/21 / Read the article

The youngest victims of a national calamity, and the people they left behind.
The coronavirus pandemic death toll in the U.S. nears 500,000, about a year after the first fatality.

Earlier this month I went to Amarillo, Texas to meet Quincy Drone and Lastassija White. In the Fall of 2020 their five year-old, Tagan, started in-person kindergarten, and in October, she fell sick. When her mother brought her to the hospital, Tagan tested positive for Covid-19 and was sent home. Later that night, she died.

Quincy and Lastassija found it too painful to return home where Tagan spent her last days. These photographs show who and what Tagan left behind--young parents, bereft, a few of her favorite stuffed animals, a colorful hair-bow collection.

“Look what happened to us,” Drone said. “People have to take it serious. And it’s not over. We’re still in the pandemic. We’re still in 2021. Do you think no more kids are going to die? Tagan was the light for us. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.”

"As the nation reaches the milestone of a half-million deaths about a year after the first American succumbed to the coronavirus, the number of children killed by the disease remains relatively small… Each death represents a shattered family and a trauma deepened, parents say, by the rampant belief that kids can’t get covid, or that it doesn’t much harm them when they do… The children who have died of covid-19 are, even more than among adults, disproportionately children of color — about three-quarters of those who’ve succumbed to covid so far, according to CDC data." -italicized text by Washington Post authors

The youngest victims of a national calamity, and the people they left behind
Each child's death represents a shattered family and a trauma deepened, parents say, by the rampant belief that kids can’t get covid-19, or that it doesn’t much harm them when they do.

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