Coronavirus restrictions stopped the spread of some illnesses, but gastro is not one of them

Professor Raina MacIntyre from the University of New South Wales' Kirby Institute said rates of respiratory viruses like COVID-19 and influenza dropped dramatically with measures like masks and social distancing.

But viruses that often spread through close contact with infected people, such as rhinovirus and norovirus, have not.

"It's a different mode of spread to respiratory transmission," she said. READ MORE