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Will other circulating illnesses decrease?

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FurForksSake Fri 10-Apr-20 12:54:42

Just musing with my husband..

Will rotavirus and norovirus and other illnesses be less prevalent for a while afterwards?

Without the kids in school where will the headline live? Will they become extinct?

Has anyone seen any research of the wider impact of lockdown on health issues? I'm guessing this being such an unusual and unprecedented event we won't know and things survive the summer holidays...

Quite hopeful for the end of head lice tbh.

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GirlCalledJames Fri 10-Apr-20 12:59:01

In countries where no schools are open, maybe, but if the key workers’ children are going to school headlice may be able to survive as you can catch them an unlimited number of times.
Rotaviruses are vaccinated against so hopefully they are on the way out anyway.

GirlCalledJames Fri 10-Apr-20 12:59:56

Also, children usually continue to mix during the summer holidays but they shouldn’t be mixing now.

FurForksSake Fri 10-Apr-20 13:00:56

Rotavirus is quite a new inoculation, only one of my children had it and they are quite young still. But yes, I do hope we manage to get rid of it anyway.

Our school has about ten children, so I suppose they could keep them going sad

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user1477391263 Fri 10-Apr-20 13:08:09

Key workers kids will continue to pass things around, so nothing is going to get permanently wiped out as a result of this. There will certainly be a temporary decrease in noro and other things. Flu season was shut down very early in Hong Kong and some other countries this year due to improved hygiene and school closures.

Look out for an increase in allergies and autoimmune problems in the cohorts of kids who are currently babies and toddlers, as it is known that these issues become more common in kids who are not exposed to enough normal bacteria and viruses at particular stages in their development (vitamin D deficiency is also implicated in some of these issues).

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