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Covid-19: Children born during the pandemic score lower on cognitive tests, study finds

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Coronavirus quarantines may be leading to major intellectual deficits in children born during the pandemic, a new study finds.
Coronavirus quarantines may be leading to major intellectual deficits in children born during the pandemic, a new study finds.
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Children born during the pandemic score markedly lower on standard measures of verbal, motor, and overall cognitive ability, US researchers have found.

In a longitudinal study of 672 children from Rhode Island that has run since 2011, those born after the pandemic began showed results on the Mullen scales of early learning that corresponded to an average IQ score of 78, a drop of 22 points from the average of previous cohorts.

The researchers have largely ruled out a direct effect of the virus, as mothers or children with a history of testing positive for covid-19 were excluded from the analysis. Instead, the authors say, reduced interaction with parents and less outdoor exercise are likely culprits, along with effects that occurred during pregnancy.

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