Scientists Slam White House for Herd Immunity Claim

Scientists Slam White House for Herd Immunity Claim

Scientists Slam White House for Herd Immunity Claim

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The declaration came out of a meeting hosted by the libertarian-leaning American Institute for Economic Research. "It is illogical to ignore public health and scientific evidence when so many lives are at stake", the joint statement reads. Officials in the Trump administration are eager to reopen the economy. "The plan is endorsing what the president's policy has been for months", he said.

Herd immunity offers no guarantee that those who caught the virus would remain immune to it for any meaningful length of time. "Everything they say (in the declaration) is either misinformation or an outright lie".

Also on Wednesday, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) released a separate statement calling the Great Barrington Declaration "inappropriate, irresponsible, and ill-informed".

Herd immunity can't work for several reasons, Maldonado said. This lack of data builds upon another unknown: how often people can get reinfected by the disease, which has already been reported in a handful of cases.

Firstly, "uncontrolled transmission in younger people risks significant morbidity and mortality across the whole population", the letter said.

"Over 40% of the USA population has some risk".

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said herd immunity is "very risky".

But again, herd immunity isn't happening at 60 percent.

Global experts have written an open letter to The Lancet medical journal warning the herd immunity approach to combatting Covid-19 is a "dangerous fallacy" that is not backed by science.

"We're not anywhere near there yet", he said. "Letting Americans get sick, rather than focusing on proven methods to prevent infections, could lead to hundreds of thousands of preventable illnesses and deaths". Mokdad says we haven't seen what the lid is yet for herd immunity and to try and find out would cost tens of millions of lives.

The USA accounts for about 4% of the world's population but has suffered 20% of the confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

"That's the only thing you need to know that herd immunity has not been reached", said William Hanage, a Harvard epidemiologist.

With 85 to 90% of the USA public still at risk for contracting Covid-19, "There is no evidence that we are even remotely close to herd immunity", wrote the groups, including the American Public Health Association, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

"The vast majority of people in most countries remain susceptible to this virus", he said. "What we do see are vast differences in people's responses to the pandemic and the precautions people are taking".

"It is critical to act decisively and urgently". He tracked the source of a London cholera epidemic to a contaminated water well in 1854.

The World Health Organization has also repeatedly warned about the dangers of pursuing herd immunity.

So they called for controlling the spread of the virus until the population can be vaccinated.

Defending their position on a recent episode of the Ingraham Angle, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford was asked how to respond to those who are "scoffing at the idea of herd immunity" and reaching a level of immunity that allows communities to open-up and return to normal. The Masimo Foundation does not provide editorial input.

Health and patient safety coverage at USA TODAY is made possible in part by a grant from the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare.

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