Sigh... there is also a correlation between the increase in autism and the decrease in pirates, but I don't think anyone is suggesting we need more pirates, or that is something we should fund for causation. The vaccine link has been studied, and aside from the study that was discredited because the data was made up, zero causation has been found.
Autism itself is diagnosed by psychologists, not by any kind of repeatable medical marker, and the definition keeps expanding to include all kinds of things that previously were separate diagnoses all together (like Aspergers for example). If you go back a few generations in history, people were just considered weird or massively disabled and there was no diagnoses, but there is lots of evidence with all kinds of people having autistic traits throughout history.
So the rate itself will increase simply on the basis of the widened net of the diagnoses and increased screening, plus actual understanding of the conditions. Additionally, people diagnosed as adults in their 40s, 50s and 60s didn't suddenly wake up with it, so getting a relevant incidence rate would have to involve adjusting the date backwards to a standard reference point (ie birth date) instead of a diagnosis date.
All the current research indicates it's a genetic condition that you are born with, with some possibilities that there are general environmental conditions for in vitro exposure that may aggravate the development of it if you are someone who is predisposed towards it, but things are basically locked in before you are born. There are a lot of different conditions (generically lumped in under 'neurodiversity') in the same boat, and lots of people in and out of the CAF leading productive lives with no issue.
Conversely, mumps, measles, rubella and polio will all kill you or leave you maimed, and COVID can potentially do the same thing. There are some rare cases for of real vaccine side effects, but it's exponentially lower than actual COVID risks, so not really sure what you are on abou
Depends on the aspect. The spread of COVID had been limited, especially if you reference Ontario and Quebec. This helped to lower the severity of the lockdowns, so I believe, overall it has been more open here for day to day activities. However, you couldn't leave your jurisdictions for small amounts of time and you couldn't traverse into the next province without doing a lot of legwork. As soon as you got back, you were subject to a two week qaurantine. So, the rules haven't been as harsh, but they were more strict on average and sustained.
I do see it from Eye in The sky's perspective, that it hasn't been horrible. Although, the longer it goes, the more pressure it causes. I also don't understand how people can casually give up two years with loved ones that are nearing end of life. You don't get that time back.
I think that will lead to regret. Not for everyone, but for the majority.
Right now, we just gave up, potentially, 3% of our lives with loved ones. Another four years and that will be 8-10%. If you consider just your adult life with your parents, we have given up ~10-13% already.
There are circumstances that would necessitate isolating sick and or aging parents from contacting COVID, but we should have the freedom to make that choice, if it is not infringing on the rights of other people around them, such as at a LTCH. If a grandparent wants to risk their lives to see their kids and grandkids, and you, as the child are uncomfortable with that, then a good conversation on if that can happen would be healthy.
Maybe, this will be the way when vaccination is allowed for children and everyone has had a chance to insulate themselves as they see fit with the resources at hand. I don't see any appetite to keep lockdowns in place once the whole population has access to the vaccine.