Pandemic brought ‘dramatic’ fall in English hospital admissions for childhood infections

Study confirms anecdotal evidence that lockdowns protected children against non-Covid illnesses

Hospital admissions for common childhood infections in England dropped by as much as 94% during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the first major study of its kind.

Doctors have previously reported anecdotally how Covid measures such as lockdowns inadvertently led to children being better protected against other illnesses.

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