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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:36 PM

Research Brief: Number of babies born with CMV declined during pandemic

https://med.umn.edu/news-events/research-brief-number-babies-born-cmv-declined-during-pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/06/2022) — Published in JAMA, University of Minnesota Medical School researchers discovered the number of babies born in Minnesota with cytomegalovirus (CMV) decreased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study found that in the five-year period leading up to the pandemic, about one baby in every 200 births was born with CMV. Between August 2020 and December 2021, the number decreased to one baby in every 1,000 births.

"At last, something positive came out of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Mark Schleiss, principal investigator of the study and a pediatric infectious disease specialist and professor in the U of M Medical School. “The hygienic precautions we all have engaged in during the pandemic — masking, hand-washing and infection prevention behaviors — were almost certainly responsible for the reduction in CMV transmission, which in turn protected mothers and newborns from the potentially devastating effects of the CMV virus.”

CMV is the most common virus that causes birth defects and disabilities in newborns.


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The silver lining.


Edited to add link to CDC page about CMV: https://www.cdc.gov/cmv/congenital-infection.html



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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:38 PM

1. Interesting.

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Response to ARPad95 (Original post)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 12:06 AM

2. Well that is a blessing

Maybe because the mothers were vaccinated before or during pregnancy?

I don't know, but it's worth looking into this.



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Response to ARPad95 (Original post)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 01:43 AM

3. Great!

"Masks don't work!"

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Fri Sep 23, 2022, 01:48 AM

4. Cytomegalovirus is a genus of viruses in the order Herpesvirales,

in the family Herpesviridae, in the subfamily Betaherpesvirinae. Humans and other primates serve as natural hosts. The 11 species in this genus include human betaherpesvirus 5, which is the species that infects humans. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cytomegalovirus

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Fri Sep 23, 2022, 02:09 AM

5. I am amazed anyone would

have a baby in the middle of a pandemic with a deadly virus floating around. But many did.

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