Has Covid paved the way for other diseases like monkeypox?

The Covid pandemic impacted countries around the world, with the virus spreading at an unprecedented rate.

Although many countries have now lifted restrictions and life is slowly returning to normal, other infections are now on the rise.

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The Covid pandemic impacted countries around the world, with the virus spreading at an unprecedented rate

But has Covid paved the way for other viruses to spread around the world? NationalWorld spoke to health experts to find out.

Has Covid paved the way for other diseases?

The first cases of monkeypox in the UK’s recent outbreak were identified on May 7th. 321 cases have now been confirmed in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In addition, sudden outbreaks of hepatitis in children have recently occurred in many countries including Great Britain.

dr Mike Skinner, Lecturer in Virology at Imperial College London, was asked if the Covid pandemic may have played a role in the rise of other infections.

He said: “There is no apparent link between the Covid pandemic and the epidemiological picture that we are currently seeing with monkeypox.”

Meanwhile, Martin Michaelis, a professor of molecular medicine at the University of Kent, said it was a question “impossible to answer because we’ve never been in a situation like this.”

He said the only thing that was clear was that infectious disease outbreaks now attract more public attention than they did before Covid.

“We will have to learn to what extent our immune protection against various diseases depends on regular exposure to certain pathogens (such as viruses and bacteria),” he added.

He explained that some outbreaks are “very unlikely” to be linked to Covid.

Prof Michaelis said the current monkeypox outbreak does not appear to be linked to Covid.

However, it is more complicated with the recent cases of hepatitis in children that are not caused by the known hepatitis viruses.

Some data suggest that these hepatitis cases are linked to a specific adenovirus called adenovirus type 41.

Adenoviruses are common viruses, but they usually cause infections such as the common cold, gastrointestinal disorders, and conjunctivitis.

But it’s possible that this type 41 adenovirus has changed its behavior and is now capable of causing hepatitis in children, Prof Michaelis said.

He said that in this context it is possible that “a lack of regular exposure” made children particularly susceptible to this form of hepatitis or that there was “an interplay” between the adenovirus type 41 and SARS-CoV-2 the coronavirus , which causes Covid.

However, Prof Michalis said it was also still possible that the cases of childhood hepatitis “were caused by something else entirely” and it was not yet known if there was a link to Covid.

“It is likely that the Covid-19 measures and the strain on the healthcare system associated with Covid came with some collateral damage,” added Prof Michaelis.

“For example, people with diseases like cancer may have been diagnosed later than normal, which can affect their chances of survival.

“In the same way, children may have missed important vaccinations, making them vulnerable to the diseases in question.”

He added that it is “very important” that everyone checks their children have all the suggested vaccinations and fills any gaps as soon as possible.

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