Herd Immunity Without a Vaccine: No Way!
Health Editor’s Note: We are seeing the back side of Trump’s choice for ‘pandemic situation advisor.’ Atlas had no background in epidemiology, immunology, virology, or infectious diseases. Not a good choice at any time let along during a raging viral pandemic. He resisted mask science and insisted that the U.S. must forgo public health to end harm to the economy. Atlas also thought that the solution to this pandemic was to basically do nothing as increasing numbers of U.S. citizens sicken and some eventually die.
To do nothing but wait for enough of the population to develop an immunity to coronavirus by contracting the virus is not a viable/sensible/humane way to arrive at an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. People get sick, and if they recover, will often have lasting negative effects of their infection. Oh, and then there are the numbers who do not recover and die. Gone, wiped off the face of the earth.
Herd immunity kills people when we need a way to stop the dying. As I have been saying all along, herd immunity is only achievable when we have an effective vaccine. Eliminating easy targets for COVID-19 (any human) will put us on the road to be rid of this pandemic. Waiting for at least 60% of the population to contract COVID-19, spread it to others, and possibly die is not a viable solution.
Vaccinations will decrease chances of contracting coronavirus, spreading it to others and perpetuating the continued existence of this virus. COVID-19 cannot replicate on its own and thus uses human body cells to make more of itself. When there are no human cells to hijack, the virus will become unable to maintain itself and will be gone. I suggest you read this article so you fully understand that Trump and his Atlas were going to lead us down the garden path of ‘death.’……Carol