COVID Herd Immunity in the US Is Never Going to Happen Now

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      eridani
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      https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7ee44/covid-herd-immunity-in-the-us-is-never-going-to-happen-now

      Complicating matters for herd immunity efforts is the size of the U.S. and variations in infection rates and variants from state to state, and even within local communities.

      “If the coverage is 95 percent in the United States as a whole, but 70 percent in some small town, the virus doesn’t care,” Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch told the New York Times. “It will make its way around the small town.”

      Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser and a prominent public face of the federal government’s effort to fight the coronavirus since January 2020, told the New York Times that people shouldn’t think about herd immunity as the only way to mitigate the virus.

      “People were getting confused and thinking you’re never going to get the infections down until you reach this mystical level of herd immunity, whatever that number is,” he told the New York Times. “That’s why we stopped using herd immunity in the classic sense.”

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      HassleCat
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      Not enough people will get vaccinated to wipe it out, so I will have to get another shot next year, and the year after that, and the year after that…

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        eridani
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        Dominant varieties change from year to year.  This may well happen with COVID-19.

        Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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