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Social distancing impacts other infectious diseases



Are there lessons for the future?

Coauthor Louis Vernacchio, MD, MSc, chief medical officer of the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s network, said in an interview that beyond the pandemic, it’s likely that “more careful attention to proven infection control practices in daycares and schools could reduce the burden of common infectious diseases in children.”

Dr. John similarly sees a long-term value of quantifying the impact of social distancing. “We’ve always known [for instance] that bronchiolitis is the result of viral infection.” Findings like the Massachusetts data “will help us advise families who might be trying to protect their premature infants (at risk for severe bronchiolitis) through social distancing.”

The analysis covered both in-person and telemedicine encounters occurring on weekdays.

The authors of the research brief indicated they have no relevant financial disclosures and there was no external funding. The authors of the commentary also reported they have no relevant financial disclosures, and Dr. John said she had no relevant financial disclosures.

SOURCE: Hatoun J et al. Pediatrics. 2020. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-006460.


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