Public health experts and scientists admit that herd immunity is unlikely to be achieved … [+]
On Monday, the New York Times reported that public health experts and scientists admit that herd immunity is unlikely to be achievable in the future as vaccination rates for Covid-19 have fallen. According to the experts who spoke to the file, the novel coronavirus in the United States is more likely to become a constant but manageable threat for at least several years.
There are several factors, including the fact that new strains of Covid-19 are developing too quickly for herd immunity to be reasonably expected. This is the case even if more than half of adults in the United States have been vaccinated with at least one vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 56 percent of adults in the United States have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and more than 40 percent are fully immunized.
However, the daily vaccination rates are falling. It is therefore unlikely that the herd immunity threshold will not be reached, at least in the foreseeable future.
“People were confused and thought that until you reach that mystical level of herd immunity, regardless of that number, you will never get any relief from the infections,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Biden Administration’s top advisor on Covid-19. told the New York Times.
Social media reactions
It didn’t take long for the reactions to the news to make itself felt on social media.
The Daily Beast editor Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) didn’t chop up any words in her report on the news that herd immunity may not occur.
“We’re not going to get herd immunity in America because a large enough chunk of the country gets its medical advice from podcasters who say whatever comes first on their minds,” warned political satirist Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger).
“The people who preached herd immunity in 2020 are now the reason we won’t achieve herd immunity in 2021,” wrote political commentator and Sirus / XM radio host, John Fugelsang.
Activist Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) was equally direct in her comment “America where herd immunity is killed by herd silence”.
Multimedia journalist David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) said: “America will never achieve ‘herd immunity’ because we have too much ‘herd silence’.”
Vlogger Hank Green (@hankgree) offered a more optimistic view of the situation, writing, “It’s strange to watch people today hold out the prospect of herd immunity because I did as I did six months ago … Look. .. vaccine kick ass, and no, they are not going to end COVID. They are just going to keep people from getting sick and dying. Still a pretty big win. “
Actor LeVar Burton (@levarburton) also made fun of the situation: “The words we use make a significant difference in the way our communications are received. We’re not cows, so I prefer ‘immunity to the community ‘against’ immunity to flocks! ‘”
“I was once told by a staff member that she didn’t want to be cremated because she feared it might hurt. I’m not shocked that we’re not achieving herd immunity,” explained comedian Blake Hammond (@BigRadMachine).
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (@GovJVenture) wrote, “As I said earlier – if World War II had happened today and we had acted like we are now, Hitler would have won. We will not have herd immunity reach when the majority of our population. ” is not vaccinated. Do you want to get back to normal? Wear your mask, get your vaccine, social distance and stay vigilant. “
Some used social media to warn that it could be misleading to suggest that herd immunity may not be achievable.
“The headline is alarming, but I think it’s important not to overemphasize a herd immunity number. All that really matters is, the more people we can vaccinate, the more lives we will save. Keep talking to me those in your community! “explained Dr. Lucky Tran (@luckytran) who has a PhD in molecular biology.
There were also setbacks from some that pushed back the results of the story and even the concept of herd immunity.
Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA), national spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention, questioned the report’s findings: “This is a man who admitted to lying to influence the unwashed masses. Now he says you never can Obviously, this is not about herd immunity. It’s about getting the herd to take Big Pharma’s experimental gene therapies. “
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume (@brithume) also questioned the report, writing, “This ridiculous article is based on the idea that ‘herd immunity’ means getting rid of the Covid virus. But that’s not that , what it means.” This means that a sufficient proportion of the population has been or has been vaccinated to reduce the risk significantly. “
Dr. Eleanor Murray (@EpiEllie) suggested: “Herd immunity has always been a red herring. We never had to reach herd immunity to defeat Covid if we had actually tried to eradicate it. COVID is a ‘manageable threat’ in the long run a big mistake, IMO. “
While it is unlikely that Covid-19 will go away, it is sadly likely that it is an issue that will also soon find little in common on social media.