Being less vulnerable to a virus doesn't make children completely safe.
As COVID-19 continues to affect millions of families around the world, Angelina Jolie is speaking out and reminding citizens that we must look out for children in need during this time.
"Of the many ways that the pandemic is making us rethink our humanity, none is more important, or urgent, than the overall protection of children," Angelina wrote in an article for Time. "They may not be as susceptible to the virus as other groups, but they are especially vulnerable to so many of the secondary impacts of the pandemic on society."
According to the Oscar winner, social distancing could inadvertently "fuel a direct rise in trauma and suffering for vulnerable children." The reason why? There's no way to escape stress at home and in some cases, domestic violence.
"It comes at a time when children are deprived of the very support networks that help them cope: from their trusted friends and teachers to after-school sports activities and visits to a beloved relative's house that provide an escape from their abusive environment," she wrote. "COVID-19 has cut children off from their friends, their regular schooling and their freedom of movement."