Could Herd Immunity Be Our Only Defense Against The Corona Virus ?


I have an epiphany. It’s not one of a happy beginning context but the outcome could be a positive one. If the current rampant spread of the #coronavirus continues in the US it could inevitably create herd immunity.

Herd immunity is the result of a large portion of a community (the herd) becoming immune to a disease or virus, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected — not just those who are immune.

Often, a percentage of the population must be capable of getting a disease in order for it to spread. This is called a threshold proportion. If the proportion of the population that is immune to the disease is greater than this threshold, the spread of the disease will decline. This is known as the herd immunity threshold.

According to the experts we are rapidly getting to the point of no return when it comes to controlling the spread of the virus absent a vaccine.

If the virus continues its wildfire like spread the blessing of a vaccine may come in the form of herd immunity.

One thought on “Could Herd Immunity Be Our Only Defense Against The Corona Virus ?

  1. Unfortunately there is a very low antibody rate for herd immunity to be effective. We know this because countries such as Sweden who encouraged herd immunity have had that action backfire as people became reinfected. I understand that herd immunity is attractive because people can’t be bothered social distancing, keeping hygienic, and covering their mouths and noses to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    The main ways to restrict the spread of coronavirus is lockdown (vis a vis some African countries, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Western Australia, Sth Korea, etc), social distancing, hygiene, and wearing masks in close confinements (planes, busses, malls, etc). There is no other way.

    Unless, of course, Russia really has come up with a successful vaccine as is being reported in Cuba and India.

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