The world may be looking at a sad new norm for how viruses spread.
Doctors and medical experts are seeing a surprising return to disease, mainly at rest, during the aggressive spread of COVID – and the general population, especially children, have become more susceptible in recent years due to a lack of naturally derived immunity from isolation, Statistics News reported.
According to Hubert Niesters, a professor of clinical virology and molecular diagnostics at the University of Groningen Medical Center in the Netherlands, medical experts are considering that babies born to a pandemic may have fewer antibodies, especially for respiratory illnesses transmitted to them by their mothers. .
Those born before COVID, who did not go to school or kindergarten and were severely isolated, are also showing significant changes.
Another Dutch scientist, Marion Kupmans, was looking for antibodies in young children and found an “infectious honeymoon” in their blood.
“You can really see that children in the second year of the pandemic have less antibodies to respiratory viruses in general. They just opened up less, ”said Kupmans, who heads the virology department at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.
Researchers are looking for the cause of low levels of antibodies in children and recent hepatitis in children. It can be caused by type 41 adenovirus, which causes flu-like symptoms in patients. They are weighing the possibility that this highly contagious thread could be the result of a weakened immune system.
Kevin Messacar, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Colorado Children’s Hospital, said: “There are suspicions that this could be due to cases of hepatitis.”
“I think sometimes it takes enough time to start merging parts, to connect the dots of a rare complication of a common disease,” he added.
According to Thomas Clark, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health officials, as well as many children during the pandemic, are afraid of vaccine-preventable illnesses because they miss routine immunizations.
“We pay special attention to routine immunization of unvaccinated children, because it is designed to introduce measles. However, many children later became infected with the H5N1 virus. ”
According to Clark, many children are unable to cope with the disabilities and illnesses they experience at a young age, which can lead to more difficult situations as they get older.
“I think it’s a big question mark whether we’ll see something like this in such a short time,” Kupmans said. “But I think it’s definitely something worth watching carefully.”
He also found that after a one- or two-year decline in influenza, there could be a significant reduction in the number of people who have antibodies to protect themselves.
He warned that we could see “a more sensitive group than adults”.
In addition to declining immunity, easing COVID restrictions could also contribute to the spread of diseases such as smallpox – a meat-modifying virus found mainly in Central and West Africa – which has caused concern in Europe and beyond. USA
“If you look at what’s been happening in the world over the last few years, and if you’re looking at what’s happening now, it’s easy to wonder if the virus entered the UK two or three years ago or if it spread below the radar screen,” he said. [with] slow infection chains, ”said David Heymann, chairman of the World Health Organization’s Advisory Committee on Health Emergency Program.
“Then all of a sudden it opened up and people started traveling and socializing.”
However, there are other scientists, such as Peter Brody of England, a professor of pediatric immunology at Imperial College London, who are quick to alleviate acute concerns about these biological options.
“I think we can expect some of the presentations to be extraordinary … It doesn’t have to be really loud. I do not mean that this is a prediction of the Day of Judgment. But I think it’s not normal.
“I think once you infect a few people, the cattle will have immunity and the virus will be gone,” Brody said of the common viruses. “We have not radically changed the rules of infectious diseases.”