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Scientists Push for Herd Immunity, Not 'Devastating' Lockdowns

Scientists Push for Herd Immunity, Not 'Devastating' Lockdowns”

"Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing".

The World Health Organization and most major nations' public health leaders have said that a combination of individual prevention, widespread testing and contact tracing, and harsher lockdown-like measures when and where community spread is rampant make for a better approach to combating COVID-19 than letting the virus run rampant in an attempt to build up mass immunity.

"We know that vulnerability to death from Covid-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young".

"It turned out that it is possible to significantly reduce the rate of increase in (coronavirus) infections and achieve herd immunity with a significantly lower percentage of cases, down to 3-10 percent of the population", scientists at the Joint Institute for High Temperatures told Sputnik.

". We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity - i.e. the point at which the rate of new infections is stable - and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine". COVID-19: WHO Official Says Attempts to Reach Herd Immunity Naturally "Dangerous".

The declaration calls for what it calls "Focused Protection", saying its signatories have "grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies".

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Devi Sridhar, who advises the Scottish government on COVID-19, cited German scientists who said there was a "potential serious, long-term damage" to people who are deemed less vulnerable to the disease.

The declaration posits that the latter can be achieved by staffing nursing homes with only those who have developed immunity to the novel coronavirus and keeping retirees at home with essential goods being delivered to them, among other measures. Staff rotation should be minimised. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

For those who are not vulnerable, life should go back to normal while maintaining basic hygiene, such as staying home when sick and frequent hand washing.

In an interview with the National Post, co-author Martin Kulldorff, a professor at Harvard Medical School, said society should do its utmost to shield people over 60, but that people under 50 "should live their normal lives unless they have some known risk factor". Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home.

They suggest shielding the vulnerable, whilst allowing in-person teaching for all students and for sports, arts and music activities to resume. "People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity".

A plea for an immediate return to open restaurants, mass gatherings and working from the office has received the support of almost 125,000 petition signatories and opposition from critics who denounce it as risky and likely deadly.

More news: World Health Organization reports 338779 new COVID-19 cases

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