Pandemic adviser with no epidemiology background reportedly pushes White House to adopt herd immunity strategy
I've read quite a bit on the subject but I'll make this simple as possible. There is no such thing as a 100% herd immunity protection. The commonly accepted figure is when around 80%-90% of the population resist catching a virus or disease. Meaning it still always around and at best 30 million Americans could still be susceptible to infection. That's assuming we can obtain the best numbers through vaccines. Not just gambling on people's antibodies alone to achieve such a goal.
Now here's why this kind of idiotic talk has been grinding my nerves for months. Think about it. The first known HIV infections was recognized as occurring in humans in 1920 (100 years ago). We still don't have a vaccine nor sure as hell a herd immunity built up against it. The first "recorded history" of dozens of STDs was found in 1550BC.(3,570 years ago). Nope still no herd immunity. There are 14 vaccine recommendations for the first 2 1/2 years of baby's life. The reason is they aren't born with herd immunity against those infections either.
Yet the White House offers somewhat along the lines a bubonic plague (it peaked in Europe 1347 D killing an estimated 75-200 million people) as a solution. One which recurred again and again sporadically as recently as 2017 in Madagascar. Yep still no herd immunity for this everlasting bacterial disease. At least we could treat that disease with today's drugs. Instead this WH suggest we take a dive into potentially infecting everyone having no means to treat effectively or vaccinate against.
But hey, if you want to follow the advise coming from the WH might as well drop your mask and go out and have unprotected sex, eat raw pork and drink sewer water until you acquire "herd immunity". What the hell do the epidemiologists know anyway. Go ahead. Show those mask wearing ' libitards' you're not going to take their BS anymore.