The following is an excerpt from Just the News.
For two years and counting, the scientific and medical establishments have urged Americans at all risk levels to limit their exposure to the microbial world to effectively reduce the spread of Covid-19, rather than focus on protecting the vulnerable.
The unexpected surge of other pathogens starting last summer, however, has challenged the wisdom of frequent sanitizing, social distancing, remote work and education, and routine mask-wearing, especially applied to children.
Infectious disease experts who waged a lonely crusade against the evasion consensus are now finding more mainstream attention for their arguments.
Another is even calling for the CDC to be stripped of power for failure to properly study the effectiveness of various Covid mitigations.
Societies that tried to avoid Covid have "far less recently acquired immunity" and now face "wonkiness" in immune responses to routinely circulating pathogens, epidemics journalist and onetime CDC embed Helen Braswell wrote in health publisher STAT last week.
The evasion strategy may help explain the untimely surges of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in kids last summer and this spring's flu hospitalizations, as well as monkeypox's spread far beyond Africa, she said. An otherwise mild adenovirus may have played a role in an unprecedented spate of "severe hepatitis in healthy young children."
Lockdowns, masking, distancing and "widespread use of disinfectants" worsened a long-term trend of decreasing "microbial diversity" partly caused by already "ubiquitous" sanitizing protocols and likely contributed to the pediatric RSV and hepatitis surges, according to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases scientist Margery Smelkinson, a recurring thorn in the side of Anthony Fauci, and zoonotic disease researcher Leslie Bienen.
The CDC should lose its regulatory powers for failure to conduct cluster randomized controlled trials on Covid mitigation measures such as masking kids, "3 vs 6 ft distancing" if at all, and the effect of open windows and plexiglass on transmission, University of California San Francisco epidemiologist Vinay Prasad wrote in his newsletter Thursday.
"A federal agency that makes policy that refuses to conduct studies is not one that follows science," he said. "It follows politics."
University of Guelph viral immunologist Byram Bridle, who warned about lockdown's risk to children's immune systems a year ago, challenged the renewed masking of children, by mandate and parental choice, in his newsletter this week.
Isolating a young child from non-dangerous microbes in their environment compromises the 'immunoregulatory' components of their immune system" and puts them at heightened risk from "allergies, asthma, and autoimmune diseases," he wrote.
The whole complement of Covid mitigations is producing "a micro-generation of children who will have been isolated like no other human beings in history," Bridle said. (Continued...)
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