As Yogi Berra would have said, “This is Déjà Vu again.”
Case in point: The White House has announced that herd immunity implementation is necessary to reopen the economy. No sooner had this announcement hit than the World Health Organization said: No, herd immunity would be unethical – and unprecedented.
A recently published case study of a 25-year-old man in Nevada who contracted COVID-19 again in April and then June brought more water to the idea. The researchers said that the two strains of the virus are not the same, so stressing that immunity to the disease cannot be taken for granted.
If anyone needs to be reminded, the White House and the scientific community had similar diametrically opposed views on hydroxychloroquine (President, yes, science, no); Using a disinfectant to rid the body of the virus (President, yes, science, a tough no); and wearing masks (President, not 100% on board, science, click here.)
A recent campaign ad that implied that infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who praised President Donald Trump’s efforts to fight the virus, has been harshly criticized for misrepresenting the doctor’s comments. Despite Dr. Fauci won’t turn off the Trump campaign ad, the Washington Post said. Diametrically opposed views are now reinforced through voice and video.
The five worst performing countries in terms of fighting the virus, including the US, have some similarities, said Lawrence Gostin, a global health professor in Georgetown law, in an interview on PBS NewsHour on Oct. 13.
Populist leaders like President Trump “undermine science, they undermine public confidence,” Gostin said. These countries stopped their lockdowns in the early days of the pandemic and abandoned steps to mitigate the spread of the virus, such as: B. Testing, tracing and isolation, he said. In the meantime, people are experiencing a lot of “fatigue” so once restricted places like bars have become a draw.
Researchers have said the current percentage of Americans infected is nowhere near the percentage needed for herd immunity. “Herd immunity remains inaccessible,” the authors wrote in the Lancet on September 25.
Johns Hopkins defines herd immunity as a point at which most people in a given population have immunity to a disease, so those who are not immune are protected from contagion.
Kaiser Health News wrote in September that cases of reinfection – about five So far – “I have raised questions about how long the natural immunity lasts and whether someone with immunity can still spread the virus.” One of the reinfected, an 89-year-old woman from the Netherlands, has since died.
Little has changed in the White House’s stance on the virus, despite the President’s infection. President Trump, who appears to have tested negative for the virus, is holding personal rallies against the advice of public health experts. And on October 13, the President’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, met with unmasked reporters.
This is despite the fact that the president’s assessment of handling the pandemic, which killed at least 214,000 Americans, is waning. A poll by the Washington Post-ABC found that only 29% of voters believe Mr Trump’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus have been effective.