Not all evil comes to harm, one might say.
According to a study, in fact, conducted byHarvard Medical School and published in the university magazine Pediatrics, the social distancing imposed on children and the frequent use of masks even among children would have led, as a consequence, to the cancellation of some typical diseases, transmissible in early childhood.
The prevention systems, therefore, implemented practically everywhere in the world, would have had, in general, a beneficial effect on the health of everyone and in particular of children regardless of Covid-19.
WHAT THE STUDY SAYS
Published, as we said above in the university journal Pediatrics, the study ofHarvard Medical School was carried out on a sample of 375,000 children attending one of the laboratories connected with Boston Children’s Hospital.
The study was focused on understanding whether the social distancing imposed even on children and the use of masks could also have some effect on the transmissibility of other, more common and less dangerous diseases.
It emerged that among these 12 would have suffered a slowdown in diffusion until they disappeared completely. These are seasonal (and not) quite typical and recurrent disorders among children:
- Otitis media
- Non-streptococcal pharyngitis
- Skin infections
- Urinary tract infections
As can be seen, it was above all diseases related to the respiratory tract that slowed down, some to the point where they almost disappeared (influenza, down 99.5%; laryngotracheobronchitis minus 96.5%; bronchiolitis, 92, 9%).
The news is positive. Also because the study states that these pathologies should not make their appearance even after, when the distancing is no longer necessary and we will all return to life as before.
It will be sufficient, says the text, to maintain a high level of hygiene (washing and disinfecting hands often) to obtain good results in this sense.