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Lockdowns could be causing surge in Hepatitis in children

Top theory from the UK Health Surveillance Agency

It started off in the UK but spikes in cases of sudden onset hepatitis (liver inflammation) are now being recorded all round the world.

Up to 21 April, 111 cases of hepatitis have been identified in the UK; 81 in England, 14 in Scotland, 11 in Wales and 5 in Northern Ireland.  Almost 10% (10 cases) have needed a liver transplant but fortunately none have died.  The cases are mainly in under 5 year olds with a small number of over tens being investigated.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), who are investigating the outbreak have said that they would expect to see this amount of cases over a whole year, not in a few months.

Symptoms start off as a gastroenteritis illness (diarrhoea and nausea) followed by the onset of jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin).  Other symptoms include itchy skin, stomach pain, fever and tiredness.

Other countries reporting similar spikes include the US, Israel and many European countries.  Sadly, worldwide, one child has died so far.

There is currently no link to the COVID-19 vaccine, especially in the UK, where none of the children have been vaccinated.  Some have speculated that shedding may have caused the problems, due to the countries being hit hardest also being those that vaccinated hardest, but I will leave that theory for now.

The UKHSA published a detailed technical briefing yesterday which looked at their investigations to date.  Part 6 of this briefing details working hypotheses as to what could be causing the outbreak.

Their top theory is that the severe cases of hepatitis may be being caused by an adenovirus infection.  

75% of confirmed cases had adenovirus and data shows that more common viruses are circulating in children, when compared with previous years, particularly in young children.

However, it would be rare for an adenovirus to cause hepatitis so the UKHSA hypothesise that a cofactor is affecting young children which renders a normal adenovirus infection more severe or causes them to trigger immunopathology.  

The most likely cofactor, according to the UKHSA, is susceptibility, for example due to lack of prior exposure during the pandemic.

Now, I had to check with Captain Obvious, but social distancing young children was always going to play havoc with their developing immune systems.  In extreme examples, two to three year olds may have never been exposed to germs outside of their household settings.  Even for most kids, the amount of germs they would have been exposed to would have been significantly reduced.

Before Substack, I joined Twitter, in order to challenge the increasing amounts of anti-science.  One of my first tweets was directed to Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer of England and Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust.  These two individuals were pushing for more lockdowns and threatening that more deaths would occur if social distancing rules were ignored.

I asked them what analysis had been done on babies and young children, who have not been able to socially interact and therefore have not been able to develop their immune systems.

Obviously I got no answer, probably because I was challenging their wisdom or was too unimportant to respond to.   Jeremy Farrar, whose tweet I was responding to, only had 7 replies, so it wasn’t as if my response was lost in a sea of questions.  But clearly I was asking the right questions and a year and a half later we have the answer – harmless viruses causing deadly hepatitis in young children.

And for those who don’t know, Jeremey Farrar is director of the Wellcome Trust and  chair of the Scientific Advisory Group of the WHO R&D Blueprint.  He was also part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) advising the British Government during the pandemic.  Jeremy was one of the co-authors of a statement strongly condemning conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin in February 2020.  Subsequent disclosed emails however, have revealed that whilst he was penning that statement, he was expressing doubts over the natural origin theory himself and was co-ordinating a global response with Fauci.  Many have questioned as to why this man and the Wellcome Trust had so much influence over global policy.

The next most likely hypothesis the UKHSA have is that a novel adenovirus has emerged, possibly because of evolutionary pressures from lockdowns and social distancing.

Other theories include a drug, toxin or environmental exposure, a novel pathogen or a new variant of SARS-CoV-2.

So here, yet again, we have another example of how children were badly affected by the pandemic policies.  Children were never at risk from Covid but yet they were locked away to prevent the boomer generation from having to address their own mortality.  Yes, the architects of lockdowns and social distancing designed the policies, but it was the boomer generation who was shrieking for them, applauding when they were brought in and complaining that they hadn’t been implemented sooner (I’m generalising, I know a lot of the boomer generation opposed lockdowns but the majority didn’t).

Once again, a completely foreseeable outcome is occurring and nobody is being held accountable.  Let’s hope this spike of hepatitis cases is short-lived and is the only viral and immunological consequence of idiotic lockdown policies.  I suspect it won’t be the last but hopefully I will be wrong.

What do you think?

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