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Apr 15, 2020

Why simply waiting for herd immunity to covid-19 isn’t an option

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, policy

The widespread perception that it was once official British policy to let the novel coronavirus spread until the population reached herd immunity is false; the government was just overly optimistic about how easy flattening the curve would be. But the idea has gained so much traction in some circles, fueled by speculation that we might already be much closer to it than we think, that it’s worth understanding why it’s not a viable policy according to the evidence to date.

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