Masking and lockdowns weakened children's immune systems, leading to increases in summer viruses: report

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Doctors’ offices and hospitals are noting a concerning trend of children coming in for treatment with as many as three viruses at one point, with experts placing the blame on masking and distancing policies that reigned supreme during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These children are being admitted with respiratory viruses usually seen during the winter months, with Thomas Murray, an infection-control expert and associate professor of pediatrics at Yale, telling the Washington Post that “That’s not typical for any time of year and certainly not typical in May and June.”

Last month, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital noted seven different respiratory viruses that children were being admitted with, with some children being admitted with two viruses, and a few having three.

These viruses included adenovirus, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and parainfluenza, as well as the still lingering coronavirus.

Michael Mina, an epidemiologist and chief science officer at the digital health platform eMed, explained that the sharp uptick in cases of these viruses outside of their usual seasonal occurrences was to be largely blamed on the lack of exposure to viruses over the last two years.

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