Social distancing measures including face masks are suspected of causing young children’s development to have drop by up to 23 per cent during the COVID pandemic, according to a new study.
Brown University scientists Sean CL Deoni, Jennifer Beauchemin, Alexandra Volpe, and Viren D’Sa, penned the review, in conjunction with the global consulting firm Resonance, collecting data from 1,600 children – and their caregivers – who have been enrolled in the study between the ages of 0 and 5 on a rolling basis.
Below are some of the study highlights as reported by Daily Mail:
- The probe analyzed the cognitive development of the youngsters through infancy, childhood and adolescence
- In the study, researchers first analyzed 1,070 assessments administered on 605 kids prior to March 2020, when COVID lockdowns and masking began
- A further 154 assessments from 118 kids administered between March 2020 and June 2021, during the height of the pandemic, were then carried out
- Thirty-nine children born in 2018 and 2019 were analyzed over the course of the pandemic, into 2021.
- The report found that there was a 23 per cent drop in scores measuring kids’ intelligence quotients since the start of the pandemic
- The study also found similar dips in the same span in regards to developing children’s ability to communicate, both verbally and though subtle facial cues
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