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    Recent published studies from England, Spain, and Sweden suggest the infeasibility of herd immunity to Covid-19 in the short term. The rapid drop in antibody levels following infection demonstrated in these studies indicates that coronavirus immunity may not be long-lasting, and that the concept of herd immunity by itself is not achievable without additional support in the form of regular vaccinations or additional treatments to improve immune response. The argument that natural herd immunity will resolve the coronavirus pandemic relies on the assumptions that infection rates are high and that antibodies confer long-term immunity. European studies suggest the opposite. Infection rates are lower than expected where the virus is thought to be endemic, and antibodies decline rapidly, suggesting that natural...
    TRYING to achieve coronavirus ‘herd immunity’ will overwhelm hospitals and kill large numbers of people, the World Health Organization has warned. Herd immunity is achieved when enough people have become infected with the virus or have been vaccinated against it to stop it from spreading. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Medics evacuate a care home resident in Melbourne, where there has been a spike in Covid-19 casesCredit: AFP or licensors But in a chilling warning, the global health body said hospitals will be overwhelmed by allowing Covid-19 to spread in communities. Mike Ryan, executive director its health emergencies programme, said most scientists think about 60 – 80 per cent of a population needs...
    A study commissioned by the city of Mumbai revealed on Tuesday that over half of the people living in its famously crowded slums have antibodies for the Wuhan coronavirus in their blood. As with seemingly all other news about the virus, both supporters and critics of the Indian government claimed the data vindicates their position. WION News reported the results of the study accompanied by an observation that infections appear far more prevalent in Mumbai than expected, but “deaths in the sprawling slums have not exploded,” so city officials took the data as evidence their approach to the pandemic was correct: India is already the third worst-hit country after the US and Brazil, with nearly 1.5 million cases though...
    Visitors walk past face mask signs along Decatur Street in the French Quarter on July 14, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Sean Gardner | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Wednesday advised public officials against trying to achieve so-called herd immunity to the coronavirus by allowing it to rapidly spread throughout their communities, saying it will overwhelm hospitals and kill a lot of people. Herd immunity is necessary to really contain a virus, according to epidemiologists. That is generally achieved once enough people either get vaccinated or survive the virus so they have the antibodies to fight off new infections and the virus doesn't have enough new hosts to spread.  Most scientists think 60% to 80% of the population needs...
    After avoiding the man-made plague of lockdown and national emotional abuse, Sweden most certainly is languishing from the original plague of the virus itself, right? Well, on Tuesday, there were ZERO deaths in the country that eschewed arbitrary and heavy-handed restrictions on liberty and declined to compel mask-wearing. As a bonus, it turns out the Swedish economy is humming and its companies are reporting good earnings. Trusting in God, trusting in your people, and following rational thinking and science go a long way. On Tuesday, Sweden reported 0 deaths and just 77 cases. Over the past week, deaths have been no higher than two per day. What is so remarkable is that while there are other countries that have...
    LONDON – The chief scientist at the World Health Organization estimates that about 50% to 60% of the population will need to be immune to the coronavirus for there to be any protective “herd immunity” effect. Herd immunity is usually achieved through vaccination and occurs when most of a population is immune to a disease, blocking its continued spread. During a social media event on Friday, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said that studies done from some countries hit hard by COVID-19 show that about 5% to 10% of people now have antibodies, though in some countries, it has been as high as 20%. She says: “As there are waves of this infection going through countries, people are going to develop antibodies...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Los Angeles-based doctor discussed with Eyewitness News on Thursday morning what scientists are learning about immune response to coronavirus.The study, published in the peer-reviewed New England Journal of Medicine, is the first to carefully estimate the rate at which the antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 disappear, according to researchers.Researchers analyzed antibody test results from 20 women and 14 men ranging in age from 21 to 68, including four who hadn't been tested for COVID-19 but had symptoms compatible with coronavirus and had cohabitated with people who were known to have the virus. Most had been mildly ill.RELATED: COVID-19 vaccine might not get us the herd immunity we need, Dr. Fauci saysAntibody tests were conducted of patients' blood...
    On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) claimed it’s “impossible, really, to stop the virus and put it dead in its tracks” during an appearance on Fox News, though he argued that herd immunity is taking place in cities. After Paul told the Fox News Rundown podcast on Wednesday that lockdowns were a “big mistake,” he elaborated in a Thursday interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier. “I think what you found in New York is that we ended up having horrendous death, we had 30-some-odd-thousand people die. Their death rate is about 1,600 per million — the highest in the country, eight times worse than Florida, 10 times worse than Texas — even now with the surge if Texas and...
    HAWORTH: What ‘Herd Immunity’ Teaches Us About Freedom
    Trump and CDC Director Robert Redfield. Right now, 1.5% of all Americans have been confirmed as having COVID-19. That’s an amazing number—4 million confirmed cases—far more than any other nation. In fact, despite having just 4% of the globe’s population, the United States still has about a quarter of all cases of COVID-19—a remarkable measure of the Trump White House’s failure to provide anything that resembled leadership in the face of this enormous crisis. However, on Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published analysis that matched the results of another recent study, indicating the true number of cases in the United States is likely around 10 times the number of confirmed cases. That would mean that as much as 15%...
    Anew study reveals that a promising coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University researchers is safe and shows promise. The Oxford vaccine, which goes by the unpronounceable moniker “ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222),” is being developed with the assistance of a British-Swedish pharmaceutical company known as AstraZeneca, according to an article recently published in The Lancet. The study involved 1,077 volunteers and in its early-stage human trials was shown to be safe and stimulate a strong immune response. Andrew Pollard, the lead author of the study, said in a statement that the researchers hope “this means the immune system will remember the virus, so that our vaccine will protect people for an extended period.” He added, “However, we need more research before we can confirm the vaccine effectively protects against SARS-CoV-2...
    Matthew Rozsa July 20, 2020 11:55PM (UTC) A new study reveals that a promising coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University researchers is safe and shows promise. The Oxford vaccine, which goes by the unpronounceable moniker "ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222)," is being developed with the assistance of a British-Swedish pharmaceutical company known as AstraZeneca, according to an article recently published in The Lancet. The study involved 1,077 volunteers and in its early-stage human trials was shown to be safe and stimulate a strong immune response. Andrew Pollard, the lead author of the study, said in a statement that the researchers hope "this means the immune system will remember the virus, so that our vaccine will protect people for an extended...
    BRITAIN may already have enough herd immunity to prevent a second wave of coronavirus, scientists have claimed. While super-spreaders infect many, it appears some people are effectively super-blockers and enjoy natural resistance to the killer bug, say Oxford University boffins. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6More of us are wearing protective face masks in public to help prevent a second wave of coronavirusCredit: Splash News 6Labour Party leader Keir Starmer meets with care workers and the families in NottinghamshireCredit: PA:Press Association The scientists have written about "host resistance" to the new virus and a possibly lower threshold of herd immunity needed to fend off further devastating Covid-19 outbreaks. Their paper, published on Medrxiv,...
    On Thursday's episode of "The Steve Deace Show," Steve Deace detailed what a country must do to implement a non-politicized, agenda-free public health policy, and the effectiveness of natural herd immunity. Natural herd immunityDeace explained that for thousands of years, natural herd immunity is the natural way to control the spread of disease. That means a country must recognize there are forces at work in this world beyond our control, and as a species, we must do our best to continue with the understanding that a perfect solution is not always possible. So what steps should a country take to protect the millions of people who have entrusted them with their health care? Deace presented a breakdown of how a...
    (CNN)Tate Reeves is the Republican governor of Mississippi. He's also an economics major who worked for a bank prior to getting into politics.In other words, he knows numbers. Which brings me to a series of tweets from Reeves earlier this week in which he systematically destroyed the argument that everyone should just get Covid-19 now so that we build up a herd immunity. (The geniuses behind that theory of the case are some of the same ones pushing for young people to have coronavirus parties so everyone there gets exposed.)Here's Reeves' data-driven argument against that thinking -- in seven tweets.1) "Let's talk about herd immunity. I've listened to some people argue that the rapid spread of cases is a good...
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) threw cold water on the notion of defeating the coronavirus pandemic with “herd immunity,” saying Monday that states’ health systems would be overwhelmed long before reaching that point. Reeves said in a Twitter thread that in Mississippi alone, the hospital system has “started to become stressed to the point of pain” at 36,680 confirmed cases, and conservatively estimated that herd immunity would require 40 percent of the population to become infected, which he said would require more than 3,000 new cases daily for the next year. Over the last two weeks, our hospital system has started to become stressed to the point of pain. We are seeing the early signs and effects of it...
    A Washington D.C.-based internist and former Harvard Medical School faculty member has claimed the idea that herd immunity may slow the coronavirus pandemic is "wishful thinking" after a 50-year-old patient was infected for a second time with COVID-19. "During his first infection, my patient experienced a mild cough and sore throat," Dr. Clay Ackerly explained in an opinion piece for Vox. "His second infection, in contrast, was marked by a high fever, shortness of breath, and hypoxia, resulting in multiple trips to the hospital. "It is possible, but unlikely, that my patient had a single infection that lasted three months," Dr. Ackerly added. "Some Covid-19 patients (now dubbed 'long haulers') do appear to suffer persistent infections and symptoms. "My patient, however, cleared his infection — he had two negative PCR tests after...
    (CNN)Debate over whether herd immunity will be our salvation to the escalating Covid crisis was recently fueled by two new reports. The first was the release of a new nationwide study from Spain, a former Covid hotspot, which suggested that too many lives would be lost while waiting to achieve the approximate 60% infection rate needed for herd immunity, whereby so many people become immune to the disease that it is effectively stamped out. William HaseltineThe second was a report from New York, which suggested that in some communities herd immunity may have already been achieved, with one health care clinic reporting that slightly more than 68% of Covid tests taken had come back positive. But we waste critical time...
    A new study from the U.K. finds that immunity against COVID-19 fades within weeks, putting a "nail in the coffin" of the idea of herd immunity, according to the study's authors. What are the details? The research, carried out by scientists at King's College London, determined that a COVID-19 patient's level of antibodies peaked three weeks after symptoms appeared and then in some cases faded away altogether. Research notes that in some cases, a patient's level of antibodies was entirely "undetectable" after three months. The study, conducted on antibody response of 90 patients and health care workers at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, found that 60 percent of those tested had "potent" levels of antibodies...
    Herd immunity against Covid-19 could develop if just 10 per cent of the population catches the disease, a study has claimed. Scientists say if a vaccine was developed it would need 60-70 per cent coverage to work — but this threshold could be significantly lower for natural immunity.  The concept of herd immunity hinges on people only being affected once, so that when a certain number of people have been infected with the virus already it can't spread any more. It remains a mystery as to whether this is the case for Covid-19 but, if it is, then herd immunity could offer some protection during a second wave of the disease, which top medics fear will strike this winter.  Researchers...
    Herd immunity for the coronavirus may be "wishful thinking," according to Dr. Clay Ackerly. Ackerly, a primary care physician who was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, said he recently had a patient test positive for coronavirus several months after previously recovering from COVID-19. His 50-year-old patient not only caught COVID-19 a second time, but the doctor said that the latest infection was much worse than the initial illness. "During his first infection, my patient experienced a mild cough and sore throat," Ackerly explained in an opinion piece for Vox. "His second infection, in contrast, was marked by a high fever, shortness of breath, and hypoxia, resulting in multiple trips to the hospital." Ackerly noted that doctors in New...
    Immunity to the coronavirus disappears within a few weeks, according to the results of a new study, dashing hopes that so-called “herd immunity” will drastically slow the spread of the disease, and throwing the efficacy of an eventual vaccine into doubt as well. As The Guardian reported, a team of researchers at King’s College London looked at 90 patients who had developed coronavirus infections. Of those patients 60 percent had “potent” antibodies while in the midst of the infection. But of those patients, only 17 percent had that same level of potent antibodies just three months later. Further, some patients had no detectable antibodies just three months after infection. According to MBL International, antibodies are proteins produced in the body...
    While much about the Covid-19 pandemic remains uncertain, we know how it will likely end: when the spread of the virus starts to slow (and eventually ceases altogether) because enough people have developed immunity to it. At that point, whether it’s brought on by a vaccine or by people catching the disease, the population has developed “herd immunity.” Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research develop­ments and trends in mathe­matics and the physical and life sciences. “Once the level of immunity passes a certain threshold, then the epidemic will start to die out, because there aren’t enough new people...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate said he used a poor choice of words when he suggested he wanted more people to get infected with the new coronavirus. “It was a poor choice of words on my end,” Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh told The Associated Press, saying he didn’t wish for anyone to become ill. Marsh drew criticisms for comments to reporters Thursday when asked about rising COVID-19 infection numbers in Alabama. He suggested more infections meant the state was closer to herd immunity. “I’m not as concerned so much as the number of cases, in fact, quite honestly, I want to see more people because we start reaching an immunity as more...
    An Alabama Republican lawmaker who serves on the southern state’s coronavirus task force said he wants to see “more people” contract COVID-19, because he thinks it will result in herd immunity. State Sen. Del Marsh, the president pro tempore of the Alabama Senate, was asked by a reporter on Thursday whether he was concerned over the surge of the disease in the state amid a record-high 2,164 new confirmed cases. “I’m not as concerned as much as the number of cases — and in fact, quite honestly — I want to see more people, because we start reaching an immunity as more people have it and get through it,” Marsh said. “I don’t want any deaths, as few as possible ....
    Republican state lawmaker Del Marsh says that he is “not concerned” about the surge in cases of the novel coronavirus in Alabama and hopes to “see more people” get the disease in order to hasten herd immunity in the area. Reshad Hudson, a reporter for CBS in Alabama, posted a video on Twitter of the state lawmaker talking to reporters. He told them that he wasn’t concerned about the recent spike of cases of COVID-19 in the state. “In fact, quite honestly, I want to see more people, because we start reaching an immunity as more people have it and get through it,” he said. Marsh, who is a member of the state’s coronavirus task force, clarified that he wanted...
    Herd immunity wasn’t a factor in decreasing the number of cases of coronavirus in New York City, a top city doctor said Friday. COVID-19 cases in the city have consistently been on a downward trend during the reopening process — despite dozens of states across the country reporting upticks. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and Dr. Jay Varma attributed the city’s good numbers to everything but herd immunity — including social distancing, good hygiene and an increase in testing and tracing. “I think that herd immunity is a very unlikely explanation for this because we know the vast major of New Yorkers actually weren’t infected, so we’re not ne arly at a level where we would expect that immunity...
    Herd immunity wasn’t a factor in decreasing the number of cases of coronavirus in New York City, a top city doctor said Friday. COVID-19 cases in the city have consistently been on a downward trend during the reopening process — despite dozens of states across the country reporting upticks. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and Dr. Jay Varma attributed the city’s good numbers to everything but herd immunity — including social distancing, good hygiene and an increase in testing and tracing. “I think that herd immunity is a very unlikely explanation for this because we know the vast major of New Yorkers actually weren’t infected, so we’re not nearly at a level where we would expect that immunity would play...
    A Republican member of the Alabama state Senate serving as a member of the state’s coronavirus task force says he’s not fazed by a recent surge in confirmed cases. In fact, he would “like to see more people” contract the virus in order to build herd immunity.  Sen. Del Marsh made the remarks to local reporters on Thursday when asked if he was concerned about a spike in COVID-19 cases. The state recorded 2,164 new cases on Thursday, setting a daily record. Hospitalizations have also climbed, with the number of coronavirus-related hospital stays reportedly doubling over the past two weeks.  The Alabama Department of Public Health has reported 11,000 new cases in just the first nine days of July.  “I’m...
    A study in Spain has found that only a small percentage of people have COVID-19 antibodies, warning that herd immunity will be “difficult to achieve.” With at least 251,789 diagnosed cases and at least 23,388 deaths, Spain has been one of the worst-affected countries in the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The Spanish study, which was published in the Lancet, involved more than 61,000 participants. Experts from the Institute of Health Carlos III in Madrid, the Spanish Ministry of Health and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health worked on the project. SCOTLAND EDGES CLOSER TOWARDS 'TOTAL ELIMINATION' OF CORONAVIRUS Just 5 percent of those surveyed had antibodies, a number which fell to less than 3 percent...
    Customers sit at tables socially distanced from each other at the outdoor terrace of a bar, operating at reduced capacity in Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain.NurPhoto Covid-19 antibodies in Spain's population "are insufficient to provide herd immunity," a new study has claimed, despite the country being one of the worst-affected by the pandemic. In a peer-reviewed paper published in the Lancet medical journal Monday, researchers from Harvard, MIT and several Spanish institutions analyzed findings from a widescale study on antibody prevalence in Spain. More than 251,700 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Spain, while the virus has killed 28,388 people in the country to date, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. With 607 deaths per million people,...
    A recent study in Spain showed that only five percent of the population there have antibodies to ward off the coronavirus despite the prevalence of the disease in the country where there have been nearly 30,000 deaths. HERE'S HOW LONG YOU MAY HAVE TO WEAR MASK Danny Altmann, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London, told CNBC that it is common to see towns with only 10 to 15 percent immunity. He said it seems that immunity could “wane” in people after a few months. TEXAS' CORONAVIRUS HOSPITALIZATIONS HIT NEW DAILY HIGH AS TOTAL CASES TOP 200,000 “It’s a very deceitful virus,” he said. “And immunity to it is very confusing and rather short-lived.” CORONAVIRUS IMMUNITY CAN BE 'SHORT-LIVED,'...
    Dr. William Schaffner, M.D., a professor of medicine at the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University and the medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, joined Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour and special guest host John Binder to discuss ongoing developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Mansour asked, “How deadly is this virus? We’re hearing some reports that there might be multiple strains. Is it true that maybe there’s a different strain in the United States, and could our strain be less deadly than the other strains?” Schaffner replied, “It’s clearly a very serious virus, because we know it’s killed so many people around the world. So that’s not in question. It’s more serious than influenza,...
    A new study shows that achieving so-called herd immunity against the novel coronavirus may be 'unachievable.' Researchers found that only five percent of the population in Spain have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and have built up antibodies. However, not enough people have gotten the illness for there to be no spread in communities. This means that 95 percent of Spaniards remains susceptible to contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.  Researchers looked at blood test results of 61,000 participants in Spain  and around 5% have built up antibodies against the coronavirus (pictured) At least 60% of people need to have contracted the virus for it to not be able to spread throughout a community. Pictured: Healthcare workers...
    Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh on Monday slammed the media for reporting only the rises in cases of coronavirus, but not the downward trend in the death rate. "The death rate is falling, but you dont know that because they are simply reporting this massive increase in cases," Limbaugh said. "And youre supposed to assume that every case equals a death. This is due to media irresponsibility and propaganda as well. So record number of cases in Florida set every day. Not in deaths, folks." Limbaugh said, even though his home state of Florida, along with Texas and Arizona, have seen huge spikes in cases, all have seen only small numbers in deaths per million. "The number one state where death...
    Radio host Rush Limbaugh argued on Monday that young people shouldn’t be required to wear masks or practice social distancing so that they can infect one another and develop herd immunity. As for the elderly or high-risk members of the population, they should stay at home, the conservative pundit said. As Raw Story reports, Limbaugh once again attacked one of his frequent targets: the mainstream media. He argued that the media was painting an inaccurate picture of the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the fatality rate isn’t what they’ve painted it out to be. “You need to not go along with this idea of shutting down the entire economy again, shutting down entire states,” Limbaugh said. “What they’re not telling you...
    Conservative radio king Rush Limbaugh on Monday ripped the media for failing to talk about the “survivability rate” of coronavirus, arguing it was time to allow the “young and the healthy” to “live their lives and spread herd immunity.” “You need to not go along with this idea of shutting down the entire economy again, shutting down entire states,” Limbaugh said. “What they’re not telling you is the death rate is falling. But you don’t know that, because they’re simply reporting this massive increase in cases and you’re supposed to assume every case equals a death.” Limbaugh, who broadcasts from West Palm Beach, said “media irresponsibility and propaganda” had created an impression that deaths were on the rise in...
    ONLY 5 per cent of Spain’s population has developed antibodies meaning that herd immunity is “unachievable”, according to a recent study. The medical journal, The Lancet, reported on Monday that 95 per cent of Spain’s population still remains susceptible to coronavirus. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 395% of Spain's population remains susceptible to the virusCredit: AP:Associated Press 3Only 5% of the population has developed antibodies Credit: Alamy Live News Herd immunity is achieved when enough citizens in a population have become infected with the virus or have been vaccinated against it to stop the spread. Doctors involved in the study are uncertain whether having antibodies to coronavirus means that someone cannot become infected...
    The conclusions present that 95% of Spain’s populace continues to be prone to the virus. Herd immunity is accomplished when sufficient of a populace has turn out to be infected with a virus or bacteria — or vaccinated from it — to prevent its circulation. The European Heart for Condition Handle told CNN that Spain’s investigate, on a nationwide agent sample of much more than 61,000 participants, appears to be the biggest examine to day among the a dozen serological experiments on the coronavirus carried out by European nations.It provides to the conclusions of an antibody examine involving 2,766 members in Geneva, Switzerland, posted in the Lancet on June 11.There have been similar studies in China and the United States...
    Madrid (CNN)Spain's large-scale study on the coronavirus indicates just 5% of its population has developed antibodies, strengthening evidence that a so-called herd immunity to Covid-19 is "unachievable," the medical journal the Lancet reported on Monday.The findings show that 95% of Spain's population remains susceptible to the virus. Herd immunity is achieved when enough of a population has become infected with a virus or bacteria -- or vaccinated against it -- to stop its circulation.The European Center for Disease Control told CNN that Spain's research, on a nationwide representative sample of more than 61,000 participants, appears to be the largest study to date among a dozen serological studies on the coronavirus undertaken by European nations.It adds to the findings of an...
    A new model projects that herd immunity to coronavirus could be achieved after 43% of a population has become immune to the virus, lower than some previous estimates of around 60-70%, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Herd immunity is when a large part of a population becomes immune to a disease, by either getting a vaccination or contracting the disease itself, making it difficult for the virus to spread. Herd immunity provides protection to the whole group, not just those who are truly immune. Stockholm University mathematical statistics professor and the model’s lead researcher Tom Britton said that this model takes in to account young people being more likely to drive the spread and contribute to herd...
    As the daily coronavirus case count rises with no vaccine yet available, a possible answer to the pandemic could be herd immunity, according to Mayo Clinic. The herd immunity threshold is when the proportion of the population that is immune to the disease is greater than the proportion still vulnerable to the disease. Some health experts estimate that 70% of Americans, over 200 million people, would have to recover from Covid-19 to achieve herd immunity, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, there are other estimates that place the herd immunity threshold as low as 43%, according to U.S.News. A model of SARS-CoV-2, known as the novel coronavirus Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS Vaccines and natural infection are the two routes available...
    Could Threshold for COVID-19 Herd Immunity Be Lower Than Thought?
    Herd immunity. You’ve heard the term — and you’re about to hear it a lot more. Under herd immunity, a virus begins to wane — with spread dramatically reduced — because so many people have already had it and thus built up immunity. And several new studies show that we may be moving toward herd immunity more quickly than previous research suggests. While some of the studies use small sample sizes and the findings are not definitive — and while Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warns that even an effective coronavirus vaccine may not be enough to achieve herd immunity — the studies are at least promising. “The prevalence of immunity to the...
    Matthew Rozsa June 30, 2020 4:00PM (UTC) Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Aspen Ideas Festival on Sunday that there is a serious risk that the U.S. population will failing to develop herd immunity against the coronavirus if too many people refuse to be vaccinated. During the interview Fauci said that he would "settle" for a coronavirus vaccine that is only 70 to 75 percent effective, since that "would bring you to that level that would be herd-immunity level." When a questioner asked if this would be the case even if one-quarter of the population refused to be vaccinated, Fauci replied that was "unlikely." : "That's one of the reasons why we have to make sure...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about the potential coronavirus vaccines and how herd immunity would work with the vaccine. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said a vaccine is only as effective as the number of people in a community that get it and the vaccine itself must be effective to work. Without an effective vaccine and enough people getting the vaccine, it would be hard to stop the coronavirus outbreak. Three coronavirus vaccines should undergo clinical trials in the new few months, but Fauci is worried about making sure the drug is effective enough, “The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” said Fauci. “That would be wonderful...
    Boomer Esiason thinks some college football teams might be pushing for herd immunity from coronavirus. Several college football teams have been hammered by the virus ahead of the season starting, and Clemson has had a total of 37 cases! The former quarterback thinks there’s a chance some of these teams are trying to get herd immunity so their players don’t get sick during the season. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Jun 26, 2020 at 11:07am PDT Esiason said the following on the Boomer and Gio show, according to Cincinnati.com: I just was thinking the other day about what...
    Washington — Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation's leading experts on infectious diseases, warned Sunday that it's "unlikely" the U.S. will achieve herd immunity to the coronavirus if a portion of the population refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine. In an interview that aired Sunday as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, Fauci said he would "settle" for a coronavirus vaccine that is between 70% and 75% effective, "because that would bring you to that level that would be herd immunity level." But when asked by CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen whether the U.S. can get to herd immunity if 25% of the population refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine with that rate of effectiveness, Fauci said, "No,...
    THE US's top infectious disease expert has warned that anti-vaxxers could prevent the nation from reaching herd immunity as three coronavirus vaccines are entering clinical trials. Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that herd immunity is not likely given the combination of people opposed to vaccinations and a COVID-19 vaccine that may not be completely effective. 4 Dr. Anthony Fauci said that anti-vaxxers could prevent the US from reaching herd immunity to coronavirusCredit: UPI 4 Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would settle for a COVID-19 vaccine that is 70 to 75 percent effectiveCredit: Getty Images - Getty "The best we've ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and...
    Leading immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that a coronavirus vaccine might not be effective in providing herd immunity if enough people refuse to get the inoculation. While speaking with CNN about the potential vaccine for COVID-19, which experts say is essential in returning back to normal pre-coronavirus life, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warned that unless more than tw0-thirds of Americans get the vaccine, it won’t be effective. CNN asked Fauci about the fact that a recent poll by the network showed that one-third of Americans wouldn’t want to be vaccinated against the disease, even if it was provided at a low cost. Assuming that the coronavirus vaccine has a 70-75 percent efficacy, if...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a bleak warning to the nation on the future of eradicating the coronavirus, saying herd immunity is unlikely if too many people refuse to receive a coronavirus vaccine. In an interview with the nonprofit think tank the Aspen Institute, Fauci warned that the anti-vaccine movement could lead to reluctance for some people to get vaccinated for the coronavirus once a vaccine is developed. "There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country, an alarmingly large percentage of people relatively speaking," said the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases. The government says herd immunity, or community immunity, is an "important" reason to get vaccinated. "Germs can travel quickly through a community...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would "settle" for a Covid-19 vaccine that's 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won't get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it "unlikely" that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.With government support, three coronavirus vaccines are expected to be studied in large-scale clinical trials in the next three months."The best we've ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective," said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "That would be wonderful if we get there. I don't think we will. I would settle for (a) 70, 75% effective vaccine."MORE: Herd immunity:...
    Madison Summers June 29, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Anthony Fauci suggests if there are enough people refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine once made available, the U.S. will not achieve “herd immunity.” The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci, told CNN during an interview Sunday that the best ever done on vaccines was for the measles, which he says “is 97 to 98% effective.” “That would be wonderful if we get there,” he added about COVID-19, before saying, “I don’t think we will. I would settle for [a] 70, 75% effective vaccine.” Asked about a previous CNN poll showing a third of Americans say they will not get a COVID-19 vaccine and if that...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is warning that creating an effective coronavirus vaccine may not be enough to achieve herd immunity against the virus. Fauci, a key member of President Trump’s coronavirus task force, sat for an interview with CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen streamed at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Sunday night. The infectious diseases expert said that even with an effective vaccine, the United States is “unlikely” to reach herd immunity in the short term because of “anti-vaccine” sentiments. “There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country — an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking,” Fauci said, according to Axios. The United States is on...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a coronavirus vaccine that’s 70 percent to 75 percent effective – but warned that the US may not achieve herd immunity to the contagion if too many people refuse to be vaccinated, according to a report. “The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” the top US infectious disease expert told CNN. “That would be wonderful if we get there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for [a] 70, 75 percent effective vaccine.” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted that the incomplete protection and the fact that many people say they will skip the vaccine makes it...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said its "unlikely" the United States would reach herd immunity from the coronavirus even if a successful vaccine is developed because of strong resistance to getting inoculated. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke with CNNs Elizabeth Cohen during an interview broadcast for the Aspen Ideas Festival Sunday night and noted there is a good chance a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be available by the end of this year or early next year. "I still think that one can say that Im cautiously optimistic that we will have one or maybe more candidates of vaccines that could be available and be effective by the end of the year or the...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a coronavirus vaccine that’s 70 percent to 75 percent effective – but warned that the US may not achieve herd immunity to the contagion if too many people refuse to be vaccinated, according to a report. “The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” the top US infectious disease expert told CNN. “That would be wonderful if we get there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for [a] 70, 75 percent effective vaccine.” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted that the incomplete protection and the fact that many people say they will skip the vaccine makes it “unlikely”...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would "settle" for a Covid-19 vaccine that's 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won't get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it "unlikely" that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.With government support, three coronavirus vaccines are expected to be studied in large-scale clinical trials in the next three months."The best we've ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective," said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "That would be wonderful if we get there. I don't think we will. I would settle for (a) 70, 75% effective vaccine."A CNN poll...
    (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would "settle" for a Covid-19 vaccine that's 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won't get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it "unlikely" that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.With government support, three coronavirus vaccines are expected to be studied in large-scale clinical trials in the next three months."The best we've ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective," said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "That would be wonderful if we get there. I don't think we will. I would settle for [a] 70, 75% effective vaccine." A CNN...
    Coronavirus — Herd immunity could be achieved sooner than previously thought. It is what establishes, for guidance and nuances, a research carried out between the universities of Nottingham (United Kingdom) and Stockholm (Sweden) published in the journal Science. Using a model that classifies each person according to their age and social activity, the researchers have reached a conclusion, in no way irrefutable, that with 43% of the infected population it could be enough, instead of 60% referenced during these pandemic months. What is herd immunity Herd immunity is a term that refers to a stage in which there is already such a high percentage of a population that has been infected with the same infectious disease that the chain...
    (CNN)The organizers behind a Wisconsin music festival called the "COVID Herd Immunity Fest" changed its name this week after they were met with a wave of backlash on social media.The event, which is scheduled for three days next month in Ringle, was renamed the "July Mini Fest" instead. At least one band, Nonpoint, pulled out of the event due to the original name of the festival, according to a video a band member posted to Facebook. The festival, which will showcase 15 bands across three days, comes as bands have turned to a variety of new formats meant to continue performing when nearly all venues and festivals are closed or postponed.Organizers say the show will go on, despite the rapidly...
    A hospital in Houston, Texas, says its intensive care unit is near capacity as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to surge in The Lone Star State. Texas Medical Center (TMC), the self-declared largest medical complex in the world, said on Tuesday that 97 percent of its ICU beds are occupied. The normal occupancy rate is 70 to 80 percent. Of those patients, 27 percent have contracted COVID-19, the highly-infectious disease caused by the virus. At the current rate of infections, all of the hospital's beds, including the backups added during spikes, will be full in the next two weeks, TMC data shows. It comes as a new model from PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that coronavirus cases...
    A music festival is set to take place in Wisconsin next month designed to give people immunity against the novel coronavirus. As live concerts are canceled across the world, a three-day 'Herd Immunity Fest' has been scheduled to take place in Ringle from July 16 to July 18, The event will take place outdoors at the Q&Z Expo Center, which can hold about 10,000 people. The name of the musical festival is a play on the idea that if enough people contract the virus, they will build up antibodies and be immune from a second infection or from spreading it to others.  Health experts and critics say vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and the immunocompromised are still at a...
    A three-day music festival in Ringle, Wisconsin, is a go for July 16-18. What are the details? The "Herd Immunity Fest" will feature 15 bands and include performers like Royal Bliss, Bobaflex, Static-X, Nonpoint, and more. The festival is set to take place outdoors at the Q&Z Expo Center. A Facebook page for the event states, "When the lockdown first happened, my first thought was OK we can all do 2 weeks, then it went on and on, things were getting cancelled, I started to worry about people not only for this Covid but mental, physical, financial." “As humans we NEED other human contact," a posting on the page continued. "MUSIC in itself is great, but the live...
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s hopes of getting help from herd immunity in combating the coronavirus received a fresh blow on Thursday, when a new study showed fewer than anticipated had developed antibodies. Sweden’s has opted for a more liberal strategy during the pandemic, keeping most schools, restaurants, bars and businesses open as much of Europe hunkered down behind closed doors. While Health Agency officials have stressed so-called herd immunity is not a goal in itself, it has also said the strategy is only to slow the virus enough for health services to cope, not suppress it altogether. However, the study, the most comprehensive in Sweden yet, showed only around 6.1% of Swedes had developed antibodies, well below...
    Italy could be nearing herd immunity as more than half of residents tested in its worst-hit province have coronavirus antibodies. Bergamo, in the country’s northern region, has recorded that 57 percent of people tested have had some contact with the virus. The region and city of the same name were hit hard when the coronavirus pandemic first made it to Europe back in February. Italy entered one of the continent’s strictest lockdowns, and is only now beginning to wind down the toughest measures following 235,561 cases and 34,043 deaths. However, there is some hope as blood tests of 9,965 Bergamo residents between April 23 and June 3 showed more than half had antibodies. Health authorities in Bergamo said the results...
    The northern Italy region hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic seems well on the path to so-called “herd immunity” after more than half of its residents tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Citing a sample survey, health authorities said this week that of the nearly 10,000 residents in Bergamo who had blood tests done between April 23 and June 3, about 57 percent had antibodies, indicating they had come into contact with the virus. Medical staff comprised about 30 percent of those cases. Albina Minelli, 92, sits on a wheelchair as he she talks from safety distance with her parents, and is flanked by Maria Giulia Badaschi, health director, at the elderly nursing home Fondazione Martino Zanchi, in Alzano Lombardo, Italy, May 29....
    What is herd immunity and could it work with COVID-19? Herd immunity is when a virus can no longer spread easily because enough people are immune to it. That lowers the chances of the virus jumping from person to person and reaching those who haven’t been infected yet. People can become immune to certain viruses after surviving infection or being vaccinated. Typically, at least 70% of a population must be immune to achieve herd immunity. But how long immunity lasts varies depending on the virus, and it’s not yet known how long COVID-19 survivors might have that protection. How easily the virus spreads also plays a key role. Say, for example, someone who’s infected with a particular...
    MADRID (AP) — A second round of random testing in Spain for antibodies to the new coronavirus indicates that a third of those infected do not develop symptoms, Spanish health authorities said Thursday. “It is a wake-up call for public health: it is not possible to control (an outbreak) by just considering those who are symptomatic,” National Epidemiological Center Director Marina Pollán said. “With this number of asymptomatic cases, we must follow the recommendations” for personal hygiene and social distancing, Pollán said. Results from the latest round of the nationwide testing confirmed preliminary finding published three weeks ago showing that blood tests detected the IGG antibody against the virus in only 5% of the 63,000 participants. Researchers say that...