New Scientific Report Indicates That COVID Restrictions Created A Child Impacting ‘Immunity Gap’

Cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) along with many other viruses are now on the rise all over the country, and many scientists seem to think that this uptick is due to processes put in place during the pandemic that restricted immune development.

This new issue has been dubbed an “immunity gap,” and essentially took place when restrictions and practices that became fairly commonplace throughout the pandemic put a stop to the spread of viruses, leading to far fewer people building their immune systems up to them. When people made their way back into the public eye, the viruses followed them into an area that had far less power to fight them.

Normally, babies end up getting the antibodies for RSV via the breast milk of their mother, but now even the mothers are not being exposed to RSV enough due to lockdowns to create them.

Both Dr. Kevin Messacar and Rachel Baker, scientists looking into the issue, spoke to CNN and wrote about it this past summer in The Lancet.

“Although many infections and their associated morbidity and mortality were prevented by [non-pharmaceutical interventions], decreased exposure to endemic viruses created an immunity gap—a group of susceptible individuals who avoided infection and therefore lack pathogen-specific immunity to protect against future infection,

An analysis from CNN unveiled that cases of this respiratory virus started being discovered and followed this past spring and are, as of writing, roughly 60% higher than they were at their high point in 2021. The outlet expressed that the number is quite likely much higher.

Additionally, flu has also been a heft concern due to the number of cases of the virus starting to climb much higher, much sooner than is normal. Other countries are also observing odd behaviors in regards to other respiratory infections like parainfluenza, adenovirus, and rhinovirus, as reported by CNN.

“Now we’re seeing it’s spreading really well,” stated Baker. “And it’s not just striking the kids that it would typically strike with that first birth cohort. It’s also creating infections in older kids.”

“That’s how infectious diseases work,” she highlighted. “Once you have more cases, they create more cases, and you get this spike.”

It was previously reported by The Daily Wire that hospitals across the northeastern and southern regions of the U.S. are seeing an overall increase in children being afflicted with RSV.

“We have observed a rise in RSV in multiple U.S. regions, and some regions are nearing seasonal peak levels,” explained a spokesperson for the CDC to NBC News.

While working in pediatric infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Buddy Creech stated that the recent pandemic restriction played a massive role.

“What we lacked is a couple of years of little kids developing the immunity that’s needed to keep these colds at bay,” stated Creech. “We may be in for a rough six or seven weeks with influenza and RSV.”

Both young children and small infants are being affected the most severely by this spike in cases.

“There is no one virus that’s causing pediatric respiratory viruses this fall,” explained one pediatric critical care physician out of the Chicago hospital, Dr. Deanna Behrens. “Unfortunately, it’s all of them.”

“We see kids where, when we do the nasal swab, not only do they test positive for influenza, but they may have RSV or enterovirus or adenovirus at the same time,” concluded Dr. Mark Kline, the Children’s Hospital New Orleans physician-in-chief. “We’ve seen kids where we’ve gotten two or three viruses at once.”


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