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Social Distancing, Lockdown and the Wide Use of Mask; A Magic Solution or a Double-Edged Sword for Respiratory Viruses Epidemiology?

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National Influenza Centre, Edificio Rondilla, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, 47009 Valladolid, Spain
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Dirección General de Salud Pública, Consejería de Sanidad, Junta de Castilla y León, 47001 Valladolid, Spain
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Preventive Medicine and Public Health Unit, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, 47005 Valladolid, Spain
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Microbiology Unit, Hospital Universitario Río Hortega, 47012 Valladolid, Spain
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Vaccines 2021, 9(6), 595; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9060595
Received: 21 April 2021 / Revised: 2 June 2021 / Accepted: 2 June 2021 / Published: 3 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
The use of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), such as social distancing, lockdowns and the massive use of masks, have not only largely prevented the spread of SARS-CoV-2, but also of other respiratory viruses such as influenza or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This decrease has been so high that, in most countries, the influenza and RSV epidemic has not occurred. Far from being a beneficial fact, this can be problematic, since the absence of circulation of certain pathogens can lead to a decrease in herd immunity against them. This can promote the rise of more serious, longer-lasting epidemics that start sooner. To alleviate the collateral effects that may occur due to the decrease in circulation of viruses such as influenza, it is necessary to increase the production of influenza vaccines, carry out mass vaccination campaigns and focus on vaccinating the main drivers of this virus, children. View Full-Text
Keywords: influenza; respiratory syncytial virus; COVID-19; epidemic; pandemic; respiratory virus influenza; respiratory syncytial virus; COVID-19; epidemic; pandemic; respiratory virus
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Sanz-Muñoz, I.; Tamames-Gómez, S.; Castrodeza-Sanz, J.; Eiros-Bouza, J.M.; de Lejarazu-Leonardo, R.O. Social Distancing, Lockdown and the Wide Use of Mask; A Magic Solution or a Double-Edged Sword for Respiratory Viruses Epidemiology? Vaccines 2021, 9, 595. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9060595

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Sanz-Muñoz I, Tamames-Gómez S, Castrodeza-Sanz J, Eiros-Bouza JM, de Lejarazu-Leonardo RO. Social Distancing, Lockdown and the Wide Use of Mask; A Magic Solution or a Double-Edged Sword for Respiratory Viruses Epidemiology? Vaccines. 2021; 9(6):595. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9060595

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Sanz-Muñoz, Ivan, Sonia Tamames-Gómez, Javier Castrodeza-Sanz, José M. Eiros-Bouza, and Raul O. de Lejarazu-Leonardo. 2021. "Social Distancing, Lockdown and the Wide Use of Mask; A Magic Solution or a Double-Edged Sword for Respiratory Viruses Epidemiology?" Vaccines 9, no. 6: 595. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9060595

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