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Children Born During Pandemic Have Lower IQ, According to New Study

Brown University researchers found that young children's average IQ fell by nearly 22 points during the pandemic


Children born during the COVID-19 pandemic have lower IQ, according to researchers from Brown University.

Persistent lockdowns and social distancing requirements have closed many daycares and nurseries over the past year. It has also kept many young children from their peers and extended families during an age of critical cognitive development.

“In the decade preceding the pandemic, the mean IQ score on standardised 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, according to the analysis, which is yet to be peer-reviewed,” says The Guardian.

Lead study author Sean Deoni, associate professor of pediatrics at Brown University, said pandemic-era children appear to have scored shockingly low on tests designed to assess cognitive development due to limited stimulation at home and less interaction with the world outside.

“It’s not subtle by any stretch,” said Deoni to The Guardian. “You don’t typically see things like that, outside of major cognitive disorders.”

During the study, researchers followed 672 children from the state of Rhode Island. Of these children,  308 were born prior to January 2019. The two remaining groups included  176 who were born between January 2019 and March 2020 and 188 who were born after July 2020. All the children were full-term and largely white.

Deoni attributes the change largely to increased parental stress during the pandemic as well as a lack of stimulation and interaction at home.

In their study, the authors wrote, “We find that children born during the pandemic have significantly reduced verbal, motor, and overall cognitive performance compared to children born pre-pandemic. Moreover, we find that males and children in lower socioeconomic families have been most affected.”

The authors also noted that children may have been less able to learn from facial cues — impairing their overall development — because of mask-wearing by adults.

Ultimately, the study’s “results highlight that even in the absence of direct SARS-CoV-2 infection and Covid illness, the environmental changes associated Covid pandemic is significantly and negatively affecting infant and child development.”

The negative impact of the pandemic on older children has been well documented.

A study published by the Oxford University Press found that “anxiety, depression, irritability, boredom, inattention, and fear of COVID-19 [were] predominant new-onset psychological problems in children during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Disrupted or stunted development during the early years of life may be irreversible in pandemic-era children. As Deoni said, “The ability to course-correct becomes smaller, the older that child gets.”

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9 responses to “Children Born During Pandemic Have Lower IQ, According to New Study”

  1. Little_Nurse_Laura says:

    Contributing factors may be higher IQ people who plan pregnancy did not chose to have babies during uncertain times. The daycare thing is interesting. How is 1 high school educated adult (and maybe a college kid) taking care of 10 babies better than a two parent family? Minority families often use grandparents for childcare, so that didn’t change. Doctor’s are assessing kids on telemedicine- not exactly the place to evaluate milestones. Families have raised their own children since the beginning of time. Daycare was the exception not the rule- like institutionalized orphanages.

  2. Devilsgun says:

    This retardation of the young is the direct result of blind obedience to Political Rapist Democrats such as Fauci and “President” “Bumbles” Biden. Why do normies lay back and let this shit happen? Too comfortable?

    Like placid, gormless meat rabbits lounging in a hutch. All the biting and scratching was bred out of your lot generations ago. Your children will make fine meaty meals for the elites.

  3. UppityG says:

    Thanks @Space, but I’m allergic to any NYSlimes links. I’ll duckduck it.

  4. UppityG says:

    Geronimo!

  5. Grimcast says:

    My sons first birthday is just 1 week away. My wife and I have done everything we can to give him the most normal upbringing we can so far. It’s been a rough year, but watching him grow has been such a blessing. Even when we were still in the mask wearing phase of things, I made sure to find a place away from everyone while in a store, and I would remove my mask and just talk with him. This always seemed to calm him and ground both of us momentarily. My little man has been so strong through all of this past year. He’s growing stronger and learning so much everyday. As the world fell apart in 2020 my wife and I had to prepare for this little blessing. We bought a house on a piece of land, started a garden, learned how to can and preserve the abundance we’ve worked hard to grow. It’s been 3 months that my little one has been eating food right from our garden. He goes outside and plays nearly every day. He’s definitely one of the luckier ones.

    It’s not right what is happening to these kids, especially the ones born during all of this, this kind of living is all they’ve known. It breaks my heart knowing the kids he will grow up with may not have had positive experiences to establish many fundamentals in childhood development. I have family members who have refused to see my son even once, and others who chastised us for even trying to get together on holidays. Despite all of this little man is an inquisitive little social butterfly. Since the mandates dropped off in our a state his mood has greatly improved while in public. He’s already becoming quite the little flirt. It’s been a breath of fresh air (literally) seeing some normality. It gives me hope, but this will only continue if moms and dads take a stand and own the fight coming their way. For if we kneel and avoid the fight today, it will be our sons and daughters who will shed their blood for liberty… it’s time to take the fight to them!

  6. Space-TimeCurvature says:

    The Fisher-Price toy company developed an intelligence test for babies, the Daily Telegraph newspaper in London reported in 2004.
    as well I found this article, says 1st year of life, iq can be found.
    https://www.nytimes.com/1989/04/04/science/infant-iq-tests-found-to-predict-scores-in-school.html

  7. Space-TimeCurvature says:

    This is really bad stunting the growth of a part of a generation. The lack of stimuli, or exploration into unknown to shock system, increased anxiety leaking from adults, and eye contact. This will create a enormous lasting effect on the mental state. Let alone, with all the social and well being promoted for less fortunate, the fact the low income families are hit hardest, provides evidence that progressive policy does not help the less fortunate. We must collect and catalogue the data and evidence provided to apply and cross reference data as it continues to be collected, slowly the picture can be created with data recorded, and outside our confirmation bias,(which helps in sharing it to try and change someone else’s mind). Checking ones interpretation of that which is empirical, is as important as the ability to communicate the knowledge comprehended. In this case there is a direct effect of well being policy directly harming the less fortunate the most.

  8. GinaBet says:

    A child born during the pandemic would be about 18 months or younger….Can they measure IQ at this age?

  9. IntegratedCrazy says:

    Well with the sinful acceptance of the dis/dat dialect mixed with the vaccine it’s not shocking.