The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic can trigger a measles outbreak around the world.
According to Lancet, this conclusion was reached by scientists at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, with support from the SAGE working group on measles and rubella vaccines of the World Health Organization.
“Scientists suggest that missed vaccinations for children against measles due to coronavirus proliferation and restrictive measures could lead to an outbreak of this excessively contagious viral disease. Unvaccinated children are almost 100 percent likely to have a measles epidemic next year,” warned the study’s lead author, Professor Kim Mulholland.
According to him, last year, judging by measles prevalence, was relatively “quiet”. Outbreaks of this infectious viral disease are generally associated with rising poverty levels due to declining economic activity and declining social assistance in many developing countries. The professor specified that the measles epidemic would be inevitable in places where malnutrition and poor medical care for children are observed.
“Malnutrition along with depressed immune systems significantly reduces the likelihood of recovery, and vitamin A deficiency can lead to blindness. The dramatic situation is that all forces were thrown to fight the coronavirus. This has had a negative impact on the spent years of immunization of children from other dangerous infectious diseases” – added Mulholland.
According to WHO, about 94 million children missed routine vaccinations because of delayed immunization procedures.
“All of the above suggests that next year, measles and measles rubella may reach the peak of epidemics that only old doctors now remember. And this is despite the fact that specialists still have all the necessary tools for disease prevention,” the specialist added.