Should we try to build herd immunity? (NO)

Published: 27 May, 2020 | Español

From The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Jonathan Lai

No. Coronavirus parties for herd immunity is an idea that some people have been proposing as a way to combat the coronavirus. The thinking goes that if we expose young people, they’ll experience the mild symptoms that are most common for them, and then they’ll pull through and become immune.

Experts say that a coronavirus party is a bad idea, particularly for young people. While it’s true that most young people might be able to recover fairly easily from COVID-19 — and most might have mild symptoms, if any — others experience severe symptoms and some have died.

It’s also unclear what immunity people might have after recovering from infection. People who recover from infection are believed to be immune for a while, experts said, because their immune systems have fought off the virus and produced the antibodies to do so. But much is uncertain, including how long people might be immune.

Read the full article: No, seriously, coronavirus parties for herd immunity are a bad idea, experts say. ‘Absolutely not.’

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