Herd Immunity Could Mean Millions of Dead Americans

The United States has just surpassed 64,000 coronavirus infections daily, a high not seen since July. We are about to surpass the threshold of 220,000 Americans dead from the COVID-19 pandemic. The president has contracted the virus after holding a “super spreader” event at the White House in honor of Judge Amy Coney Barrett where at least 34 White House staffers and others connected to the event — more than originally thought — became infected.

But instead of using the opportunity to finally implement a national strategy to slow the virus by using testing, masking, socials distancing, and contact-tracing, Trump administration officials are instead embracing “herd immunity” as the answer. They are playing with fire.

There is no question Americans are tired of the quarantines, the lockdowns, and the disruptions that COVID-19 has brought to daily life. We are all tired of living in fear. President Trump said recently at a town hall meeting in Philadelphia that the coronavirus is “going to disappear…you’ll develop — like a ‘herd mentality’— it’s going to be — it’s going to be ‘herd-developed’ and that’s going to happen. That will happen.”

Trump’s misuse of language (he meant “herd immunity”) would be a good laugh if this did not signal that he was on the way to officially adopting a national policy that will intentionally kill millions of Americans. Herd immunity for COVID-19 at this time is nothing less than dangerous quackery while the virus will rage on instead of disappearing.

What exactly is herd immunity? Herd immunity occurs when most of the individuals in a community are immune to a disease so that if a virus attacks there are not enough susceptible individuals to spread the infection. There are only two ways to reach herd immunity. One is naturally, through people recovering from infection, and the other is through immunization with a vaccine.

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