In the decade preceding the pandemic, the mean IQ score on standardized tests for children aged between three months and three years of age hovered around 100, but for children born during the pandemic that number tumbled to 78.
With limited stimulation at home and less interaction with the world outside, pandemic-era children appear to have scored shockingly low on tests designed to assess cognitive development, said lead study author Sean Deoni, associate professor of pediatrics at Brown University.
“It’s not subtle by any stretch,” said Deoni. “You don’t typically see things like that, outside of major cognitive disorders.”
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The study, published on medrxiv, looked at 672 children in Rhode Island.
Scientists tested the children on verbal, non-verbal and early-learning skills to assess their development.
All the children were born at full-term and were mostly white.
Experts found children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds fared worse in the tests.
He said while the fall in IQs at early ages will not guarantee children are less intelligent in later life, the ‘ability to course-correct becomes smaller, the older that child gets’.
They added mask-wearing by adults may have also impacted babies’ development because children were less able to learn from facial cues.
Also this week, The Wall Street Journal has published an editorial outlining the several major negative consequences that youngsters face when they wear masks. Dr. Marty Makary, a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor, and Dr. H. Cody Meissner, the chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Tufts Children’s Hospital, collaborated on the editorial in The Wall Street Journal