Diseases suppressed by COVID-19 are returning in a new and unusual way

Diseases suppressed during the COVID-19 epidemic are returning in a new and unusual way - Photo 1.

Medical staff are testing people for COVID-19 in Beijing, China – Photo: REUTERS

the chaptersHealth experts say COVID-19 social lockdowns can reduce exposure and reduce immunity to infectious diseases, leaving society vulnerable to new outbreaks.

Winter flu in the US in 2020 and 2021 are the mildest flu seasons on record in terms of both deaths and hospitalizations. However, cases rose in February and spiked even higher in the spring and summer when social distancing restrictions were lifted.

Dr. Scott Roberts, associate medical director for infection prevention at Yale New Haven Hospital, told Radio CNBC: “We’ve never seen a flu season in the US that lasts until June. The virus behaves in very odd ways that we’ve never seen before.”

And the flu is just the beginning.

Respiratory syncytial virus, a cold-like virus that is common during the winter months, showed an increase in the summer of 2021 with an increased number of cases in children living in Europe, the US and Japan. .

Then, in January 2022, an outbreak of adenovirus 41, which usually causes gastrointestinal illness, became the obvious cause of a mysterious and serious liver disease in young children.

Washington state (USA) has experienced its worst tuberculosis outbreak in 20 years.

The current outbreak of monkeypox, a rare viral infection commonly found in Central and West Africa, is baffling health professionals with more than 1,000 confirmed and suspected cases emerging in 29 disease-free country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says at least two genetically distinct monkeypox variants are circulating in the United States, likely stemming from two different zoonotic diseases. to person.

It remains unclear whether the smallpox-like virus has mutated, although health experts have reported that it is behaving in new and atypical ways.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is concerned that the social blockade could cause many children to miss out on childhood immunizations. This potentially increases the risk of other vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough.

Jennifer Horney, professor of epidemiology at the University of Delaware, told CNBC: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children do not have access to primary care, including childhood immunizations”.

“To prevent an increase in these diseases, global vaccination campaigns are needed,” she added.

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