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Social distancing reduces rates of recurrent tonsillitis in the paediatric population; a retrospective study of 44 children during the COVID-19 outbreak
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  • Elliot Heward,
  • John Rocke,
  • B. Nirmal Kumar,
  • Steve Izzat
Elliot Heward
Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
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John Rocke
Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
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B. Nirmal Kumar
Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
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Steve Izzat
Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
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Abstract

• There was a significant reduction in tonsillitis episodes and antibiotic requirement during the 2-month lockdown period in comparison with 2 months prior to lockdown • Household smoking did not seem to affect tonsillitis frequency in this study • In 70% of cases parents wanted their child’s tonsillectomy during the coronavirus outbreak • Viral exposure is possibly a key factor in the pathophysiology of recurrent tonsillitis • Social distancing measures may reduce the frequency of tonsillitis