The impact of COVID-19 public health measures on detections of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus in children during the 2020 Australian winter

Daniel K Yeoh, David A Foley, Cara A Minney-Smith, Andrew C Martin, Ariel O Mace, Chisha T Sikazwe, Huong Le, Avram Levy, Christopher C Blyth, Hannah C Moore

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Abstract

Public health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic have potential to impact transmission of other respiratory viruses. We found 98.0% and 99.4% reductions in RSV and influenza detections respectively in Western Australian children through winter 2020; despite reopening of schools. Border closures have likely been important in limiting introductions from abroad.

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