Russian doctor Yevgeny Pinelis, who now works in one of the New York hospitals, said on Facebook that pediatricians are afraid of an outbreak of measles, which could happen due to the coronavirus pandemic.
– Pediatricians have begun to sound the alarm about many children losing access to vaccinations. Now measles is also becoming a threat. Another couple of years of the epidemic and let’s remember polio, – he wrote, arguing about the impact of the pandemic on schoolchildren.
Scientists at the Murdoch Research Institute in Melbourne have expressed similar concerns. The fact is that during the pandemic, many countries suspended routine vaccination – according to WHO, 94 million children in 26 countries of the world were unvaccinated against measles.
Experts believe that the economic impact of the coronavirus may contribute to the measles outbreak. The increase in the level of hunger among some segments of the population negatively affects the protective functions of the immune system, which reduces the likelihood of a person recovering from measles, writes RIA Novosti.