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    (CNN)US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield is concerned that White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas is providing President Trump with misleading information about Covid-19, a federal official told CNN.NBC News reported Monday that Redfield was overheard during a phone call in public on a commercial airline to say, "Everything he says is false." NBC News, which heard the comment, said Redfield acknowledged after the flight from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., that he was speaking about Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who joined the White House Coronavirus Task Force in August. Trump adds coronavirus adviser who echoes his unscientific claimsNBC said that Redfield, in a conversation with a colleague that took place on...
    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - The largest city in Brazil's Amazon has closed bars and river beaches to contain a fresh surge of coronavirus cases, a trend that may dash theories that Manaus was one of the world's first places to reach collective, or herd, immunity. When a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease, its spread becomes unlikely. University of Sao Paulo researchers suggested that a drastic fall in COVID-19 deaths in Manaus pointed to collective immunity at work, but they also believe that antibodies to the disease after infection may not last more than a few months. Local authorities on Friday enforced a 30-day ban on parties and other gatherings, and restricted restaurant and...
    Thanks in no small part to the bloviating from politicians ranging from Boris Johnson to Donald Trump, talk of herd immunity has been inescapable during the coronavirus pandemic. Herd immunity is the theory that once a certain percentage of the population is immune to an infection, the infection can no longer find new people to claim and will effectively disappear. We also call that “exhaustion of susceptibles,” meaning that once there are no more susceptible people, the infection dies out. That’s the common way communicable diseases are controlled either naturally, or through vaccination. President Trump has flogged the concept as part of his broader suggestion that the pandemic will resolve itself. “It’s going to disappear—I still say it,” he said...
    Jacqueline Dunlap places whole blood samples into a centrifuge to separate plasma for antibody testing at the Bloodworks Northwest Laboratory during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Renton, Washington, September 9, 2020.Lindsey Wasson | Reuters Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans showed signs of a prior coronavirus infection as of late July, suggesting that the "vast majority" of the population remains susceptible to the virus, according to a large national study published Friday in the Lancet.   The researchers arrived at their findings by studying the prevalence of coronavirus antibodies, which the immune system typically generates in response to an infection, in a group of randomly selected dialysis patients across the country. Even people with coronavirus antibodies are not necessarily immune...
    A social distancing sign and a "no mask, no service" sign are displayed near a food vendor at the Union Square farmers market as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 23, 2020 in New York City. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty A new Stanford University study has found that fewer than 10% of adults in the US had coronavirus antibodies in July. Published by The Lancet on Friday, it studied more than 28,000 dialysis patients to determine how many had formed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. "This research clearly confirms that despite high rates of COVID-19 in the United States, the number of people with antibodies is still...
    About a third of New Yorkers and less than a tenth of American adults were exposed to the coronavirus by the end of July, a new study of dialysis patients found. That level is far from the “herd immunity” many are hoping will help end restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. In some states, the infection rate was essentially zero, according to the study, which tested plasma samples from more than 28,000 randomly selected dialysis patients from across the US. In New York, the rate was 33.6%, by far the highest in the nation, with the rate largely skewed toward downstate counties. The next highest was Louisiana, at 17.6%. New Jersey’s rate was just...
    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will hold a Facebook live chat Thursday with Dr. Anthony Fauci.The discussion is set to begin just after 11 a.m. The two leaders will discuss the Garden State's response to the coronavirus pandemic.EMBED More News Videos It was the second public clash this year between Fauci and Paul. This time it was over the concept of herd immunity. The chat comes one day after a heated exchange on Capitol Hill between Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.It was the second public clash this year between Fauci and Paul. This time it was over the concept of herd immunity.Paul asked Fauci why...
    WASHINGTON -- In a testy exchange, Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed Sen. Rand Paul's claims about herd immunity during a Wednesday Senate hearing.The senator from Kentucky insisted public health officials were wrong that a lockdown could change the course of the pandemic. A visibly angry Fauci accused the Republican of repeatedly misconstruing his statements."I don't regret saying that the only way we could have really stopped the explosion of infection was by essentially - I want to say shutting down," he said.Fauci rejected Paul's contention that hard-hit New York has become largely immune because so many people were infected: "If you believe 22% is herd immunity, I believe you're alone in that."Fauci was among top U.S. health officials seeking to assure...
    WASHINGTON -- In a testy exchange, Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed Sen. Rand Paul's claims about herd immunity during a Wednesday Senate hearing.The senator from Kentucky insisted public health officials were wrong that a lockdown could change the course of the pandemic. A visibly angry Fauci accused the Republican of repeatedly misconstruing his statements."I don't regret saying that the only way we could have really stopped the explosion of infection was by essentially - I want to say shutting down," he said.Fauci rejected Paul's contention that hard-hit New York has become largely immune because so many people were infected: "If you believe 22% is herd immunity, I believe you're alone in that."Fauci was among top U.S. health officials seeking to assure...
    Getty U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House's Coronavirus Task Force. During his sometimes testy testimony before the U.S. Senate, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, warned people that COVID-19 could be causing dangerous heart conditions, even in those who appeared to have no symptoms. Fauci also confronted Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky about his tendency to suggest that herd immunity as a strategy could reduce the virus’ spread. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, Fauci is still the most trusted source (68%) on the coronavirus over any other official, with...
    Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease expert, took aim at Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday for his suggestion that coronavirus cases might have curbed in New York due to herd immunity, CNBC reported. The exchange began when Paul attacked the state’s pandemic response and suggested that current evidence suggested that herd community — not lockdowns — is responsible for the flattening of the curve in The Empire State and New Jersey. Fauci responded by accusing Paul of misrepresenting the facts in both Wednesday’s Senate hearing and in the past. “They got hit very badly, they made some mistakes,” the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said of New York’s COVID-19 response. “Right now...
    Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, testifies at a Senate Health, Education, and Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill, on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. 2021.Graeme Jennings | Pool | Getty ImagesVIDEO3:0203:02Dr. Fauci pushes back on Sen. Rand Paul's claim that New York has achieved herd immunityCoronavirus White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back Wednesday against Sen. Rand Paul's claim that New York has overcome the coronavirus pandemic because it achieved herd immunity, telling the Republican lawmaker he's "not listening."  In an exchange at a Senate hearing on the nation's coronavirus response, Paul claimed that New York's death rate is among the highest in the world despite shuttering businesses...
    Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield speaks at a hearing on COVID-19 response held by the House subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2020.Al Drago | Pool via Reuters A majority of the U.S. remains susceptible to a coronavirus infection, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told lawmakers Wednesday. Covid-19 has spread across America at varying rates since it crossed U.S. shores in January, infecting as much as 15% to 20% of the population in some states and less than 1% in others, he said. One state said almost a quarter of its residents have had the...
    Sweden is debating enforcing new coronavirus restrictions on Stockholm amid a spike in infections. The country's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said new measures for the capital could not be ruled out. It came just hours after the city's top health official warned the region has seen a surge in cases. The news has prompted concerns over whether Sweden has achieve 'herd immunity' or not. Meanwhile Tegnell claimed the country's success in battling last year's winter flu has been the cause for its high coronavirus death toll. Sweden's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell (pictured) said new measures for the capital could not be ruled out   Sweden's strategy emphasising personal responsibility rather than major lockdowns to slow the virus drew fierce...
    Sweden has beaten coronavirus by refusing to shut the country down and achieving herd immunity, according to an expert.  The Scandinavian nation was the only country in Europe not to introduce strict lockdown measures at the start of the pandemic. But scientists believe that this may have helped it avoid a second wave of Covid-19 as it continues to record its lowest number of cases since March - with just 28 infections per 100,000 people. This figure is less than half of the UK's own infection rate of 69 per 100,000 people. Sweden may have avoided second wave of coronavirus as it continues to record its lowest number of cases since March - with just 28 infections per 100,000...
    LOCKDOWN-free Sweden is beating coronavirus and there is evidence the epidemic could already be over, a leading expert says. Scientists believe the policy of refusing to shut the country down helped build "herd immunity" - and prevent a second wave. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Swedes enjoy the sunshine in lockdown-free StockholmCredit: AFP or licensors 4The nation did not impose tough lockdown measures like the rest of EuropeCredit: AFP or licensors  Sweden now has its lowest number of new cases since March, with just 28 infections per 100,000 people. That is less than half the UK's infection rate of 69 per 100,000. France's rate is seven times higher than Sweden as a...
    LONDON—Britain has been placed on high alert for an overwhelming second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic after the country’s top scientists warned that, in a matter of weeks, tens of thousands of people could be testing positive for the disease every day. Over the summer, there has been a sustained campaign from Boris Johnson’s government to return to life as normal. Brits have been urged to head back to their favorite pubs and restaurants for government-subsidized meals, and office workers have been told to return to mingle with their colleagues and revitalize the economy by buying sandwiches. On Monday morning, that all came to a juddering halt. In a grave televised address from Prof. Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical...
    Jake Johnson September 21, 2020 7:09AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. Insisting during a town hall Tuesday night that COVID-19 will simply disappear on its own — echoing a baseless claim he also made in February, March, April, May, June, July, and August — President Donald Trump touted a so-called "herd immunity" approach to the pandemic that public health experts warn would lead to hundreds of millions of new coronavirus infections and millions of additional deaths. "We're gonna be OK. And it is going away," Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "And it's probably gonna go away now a lot faster with the...
    (CNN)Despite what science or the failed coronavirus strategy in Sweden tell us, people continue to entertain herd immunity as a possible strategy for ending the Covid-19 pandemic. During ABC's town hall meeting with voters on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the coronavirus would "go away," even without a vaccine. "You'll develop — you'll develop herd — like a herd mentality. It's going to be — it's going to be herd-developed, and that's going to happen. That will all happen," he said. It seems Trump meant herd immunity, rather than "herd mentality," but no matter — the line of thinking he was apparently trying to invoke goes like this: if Americans let SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, run amok,...
    Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, who has been an outspoken critic of coronavirus shutdowns, accused MSNBC of parroting misinformation originally distributed by a CNN editor. CNN breaking news editor Kyle Feldscher took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to weigh in on herd immunity, which was referenced by President Trump during the ABC News town hall, though the president mistakenly called it "herd mentality." CNN SHAMES TRUMP'S 'LARGE CROWDS,' 'LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT WH EVENT MARKING MIDDLE EAST PEACE DEAL Herd immunity is when a virus can no longer spread easily because enough people are immune to it and lowers the chances of the virus jumping from person to person and reaching those who haven’t been infected yet. "There are approximately 328.2 million...
    In a Thursday piece for Raw Story, psychologist Alan Blotcky said Donald Trump expects Americans to die in the name of advancing his “narcissist agenda.” The article comes in the wake of Trump’s Tuesday claim that the coronavirus will subside with or without a vaccine due to “herd mentality.” As reported by The Hill, the comment appears to be a reference to herd immunity — protection from infectious disease that stems from a large enough number of the population becoming immune to an infection via previous infections or vaccinations. According to Blotcky, Trump has thrown aside his presidential responsibility of serving and protecting the American people in favor of an agenda driven by “malignant narcissism.” “To take it one step...
    NBC’s left-wing Late Night host Seth Meyers has claimed that Tuesday’s ABC Town Hall provided evidence it is President Donald Trump who is in “mental decline” rather than Democratic nominee Joe Biden, accusing conservative media of trying to make November’s presidential election “a referendum on the candidates’ mental fitness.” Meyers began the segment by describing it as “cathartic” to see regular voters “put Trump in his place” at the event moderated by anchor George Stephanopoulos. “That’s what happens when Trump steps outside his right-wing media bubble,” the Late Night host said. “Most of the time he surrounds himself with sycophants and yes men. So he’s rarely treated like the idiot blowhard he is.” According to Meyers, when Trump calls into Fox & Friends, “the hosts just...
    A CNN journalist deleted his tweet and issued an apology after being called out for spreading coronavirus misinformation by critics including former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson. CNN breaking news editor Kyle Feldscher took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to weigh in on herd immunity, which was referenced by President Trump during the ABC News town hall, though the president mistakenly called it "herd mentality." Herd immunity is when a virus can no longer spread easily because enough people are immune to it and lowers the chances of the virus jumping from person to person and reaching those who haven’t been infected yet. CNN SHAMES TRUMP'S 'LARGE CROWDS,' 'LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT WH EVENT MARKING HISTORIC MIDDLE EAST PEACE DEAL "There...
    WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday called for an outside board of scientists, not President Donald Trump, to determine whether any vaccine for the coronavirus is safe and effective. “I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don't trust Donald Trump. And at this moment, the American people can't either,” the former vice president said in Wilmington, Delaware. Speaking in a downtown theater to a group of journalists, Biden introduced his own vaccine distribution plan, which outlines when Americans should expect to get a vaccine once it is available, offers guidelines for who should have priority for vaccination, explains mechanisms for shipping and storing the vaccine, and details responsibility in the process at every level...
    WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday called for an outside board of scientists, not President Donald Trump, to determine whether any vaccine for the coronavirus is safe and effective. “I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don't trust Donald Trump. And at this moment, the American people can't either,” the former vice president said in Wilmington, Delaware. Speaking in a downtown theater to a group of journalists, Biden introduced his own vaccine distribution plan, which outlines when Americans should expect to get a vaccine once it is available, offers guidelines for who should have priority for vaccination, explains mechanisms for shipping and storing the vaccine, and details responsibility in the process at every level...
    Donald Trump reaffirmed his opinion that the novel coronavirus will fade away on its own with or without a vaccine because of “herd mentality.” As a video from ABC posted to Twitter shows, the president appeared to be referring to the controversial strategy of dealing with the pandemic through herd immunity. Trump was speaking with George Stephanopoulos at an ABC town hall on Tuesday when he addressed his past comments about COVID-19. “It would go away without the vaccine,” Trump said. He went on to say that with an inoculation the disease would go away more quickly, but it would fade away on its own regardless. “Over a period of time, sure, with time, it goes away and you’ll develop,...
    (CNN)During a town hall on ABC Tuesday night, moderator George Stephanopoulos asked President Donald Trump why he said that he liked to "downplay" the threat posed by Covid-19 to the American public. Here's the exchange that followed:Trump: I'm not looking to be dishonest. I don't want people to panic. And we are going to be OK. We're going to be OK, and it is going away. And it's probably going to go away now a lot faster because of the vaccines.It would go away without the vaccine, George, but it's going to go away a lot faster with it.Stephanopoulos: It would go away without the vaccine?Read MoreTrump: Sure, over a period of time. Sure, with time it goes away.Stephanopoulos: And...
    Insisting during a town hall Tuesday night that Covid-19 will simply disappear on its own—echoing a baseless claim he also made in February, March, April, May, June, July, and August—President Donald Trump touted a so-called “herd immunity” approach to the pandemic that public health experts warn would lead to hundreds of millions of new coronavirus infections and millions of additional deaths. “We’re gonna be OK. And it is going away,” Trump told ABC‘s George Stephanopoulos. “And it’s probably gonna go away now a lot faster with the vaccine. It would go away without the vaccine, George.” When Stephanopoulos replied that “many deaths” would result such a scenario, Trump said: “You’ll develop like a herd mentality. It’s gonna be herd developed, and that’s gonna happen. That...
    The novel coronavirus may one day become a seasonal virus like the flu — but that day won’t come until herd immunity is achieved, according to the findings of a recent review published in Frontiers in Public Health. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection, will likely become seasonal “in countries with temperate climates” following herd immunity, according to a press release on the study’s findings. But until then, study authors said the novel virus will “continue to circulate across the seasons.” "COVID-19 is here to stay and it will continue to cause outbreaks year-round until herd immunity is achieved. Therefore, the public will need to learn to live with it and continue practicing the best prevention measures, including...
    Marshall Auerback September 11, 2020 9:53AM (UTC) This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute. There has been a spectrum of actions taken by governments to address near-term prevention of the spread of COVID-19. The extremes have ranged from total lockdowns (e.g., Italy, Belgium and Spain); to legal enforcement of quarantines and contact tracing (e.g., Canada and Germany); to much lighter forms of restriction (e.g., Denmark and Norway); to even more minimal restrictions, but with extensive testing and tracing (e.g., Taiwan and South Korea). There have also been some clearly incompetent policies, notably in the United States, where the country's public health infrastructure has been eviscerated not just by Trump, but also through decades...
    SWEDEN’S coronavirus policy which favoured “herd immunity” over a national lockdown was justified experts say. The claims come after it emerged only 1.2 per cent of people tested for Covid-19 actually have the disease — compared to the pandemic peak when 19 per cent tested positive. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Sweden never went into lockdown but has seen its cases plummetCredit: AFP - Getty So far the nation has recorded 5,838 deaths due to Covid-19 —  the fifth-highest rate per capita in Europe . But new infection numbers have been plummeting since June. Director of Swedish public health Johan Carlson, who was a leading figure behind the herd immunity policy instead of...
    (CNN)In the week or so since the White House inner circle added yet another Covid-19 adviser to President Donald Trump, many have become confused about what he thinks the country should do about the pandemic. Dr. Kent Sepkowitz Because the adviser, Scott Atlas, a retired radiologist, has opposed the widespread use of masks and testing and is strongly pushing a reopening of schools, businesses and general society, some concluded that he favors herd immunity. That he is one of those people who think we should let the pandemic run its course until so many people are immune (or dead) that the virus has no one left to infect. In July, Atlas told Fox News radio that "when you isolate...
    (CNN)Dr. Scott Atlas, the controversial newest addition to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, says he is a "straight shooter." He proceeded to demonstrate that in a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with BBC Radio Friday.Atlas, a neuroradiologist who wrote a book on magnetic resonance imaging, said it doesn't matter that he has no expertise in epidemiology or infectious diseases; he accused public health experts of ignoring data; said the US was doing better compared to Europe in terms of coronavirus deaths and claimed -- incorrectly -- that the case fatality rate in the US is down by more than 90%. Atlas said ongoing restrictions to try to control the coronavirus pandemic are having worse effects than the virus itself. The...
    Bradley Cortright September 3, 2020 0 Comments The White House is pushing back on a report that said officials were considering pursuing a herd-immunity strategy. During a press conference on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shot down reports that White House officials considered that theory, “The herd immunity, so-called, theory was something made up in the fanciful minds of the media. That was never something that was ever considered here at the White House.” “Here at the White House, what we’ve done is race to get a safe and effective vaccine in record time,” she continued. She went on to argue that White House officials “talk about therapeutics” for the virus.  McEnany also noted that there are 270 clinical...
    Reuters September 3, 2020 0 Comments The White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, on Wednesday dismissed the notion that the Trump administration was considering a strategy of allowing Americans to become infected with coronavirus in order to reach “herd immunity.” “Neither I, nor anybody in the administration, is willing to sacrifice American lives for herd immunity. We’ll get to herd immunity through a vaccine and that’s the right way to do it,” Birx told reporters during a briefing at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan. Birx was responding to news reports that new White House pandemic adviser Scott Atlas, a physician who is a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, had advocated for the Trump...
    Getty Sweden has turn out to be well-known for its dealing with of the coronavirus by inducing herd immunity, however does it actually work? The coronavirus pandemic has not considerably slowed down in America, with the nation reaching a demise toll of greater than 180,000 individuals, in keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Studies from the Washington Publish that one in all Trump’s latest pandemic advisors, Dr. Scott Atlas, was floating the thought of attempting to gradual the pandemic down utilizing “herd immunity,” has led many to marvel what precisely that will entail and whether or not it might work.What Is Herd Immunity?Understanding herd immunityExtra well being and medical...
    Getty Sweden has become famous for its handling of the coronavirus by inducing herd immunity, but does it really work? The coronavirus pandemic has not significantly slowed down in America, with the country reaching a death toll of more than 180,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reports from the Washington Post that one of Trump’s newest pandemic advisors, Dr. Scott Atlas, was floating the idea of trying to slow the pandemic down using “herd immunity,” has led many to wonder what exactly that would entail and whether it could work.What Is Herd Immunity?Understanding herd immunityMore health and medical news on the Mayo Clinic News Network. https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/ Journalists: Clean and nat sound versions of...
    One of President Trump’s top medical advisers, Scott Atlas, is urging the administration to lean into a national “herd immunity” strategy to combat the pandemic, according to a report by the Washington Post. The report explains that Atlas, a neuroradiologist and fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution— a right-leaning think tank and research center — is pushing for the United States to embrace a laissez-faire pandemic management model like Sweden’s, by allowing the coronavirus to spread freely to most of the population while protecting those in senior homes or in other vulnerable populations. Yet Sweden’s laissez-faire approach resulted in the country having a higher per-capita death rate than its neighboring comparable countries. As Salon previously reported, by June, Sweden’s per capita COVID-19 death rate was 43.88 out of every 100,000...
    Nicole Karlis September 2, 2020 11:24PM (UTC) One of President Trump's top medical advisers, Scott Atlas, is urging the administration to lean into a national "herd immunity" strategy to combat the pandemic, according to a report by the Washington Post. The report explains that Atlas, a neuroradiologist and fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution— a right-leaning think tank and research center — is pushing for the United States to embrace a laissez-faire pandemic management model like Sweden's, by allowing the coronavirus to spread freely to most of the population while protecting those in senior homes or in other vulnerable populations. Yet Sweden's laissez-faire approach resulted in the country having a higher per-capita death rate than its neighboring comparable countries. As Salon previously...
    The White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, on Wednesday dismissed the notion that the Trump administration was considering a strategy of allowing Americans to become infected with coronavirus in order to reach "herd immunity." "Neither I, nor anybody in the administration, is willing to sacrifice American lives for herd immunity. Well get to herd immunity through a vaccine and thats the right way to do it," Birx told reporters during a briefing at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan. Birx was responding to news reports that new White House pandemic adviser Scott Atlas, a physician who is a fellow at Stanford Universitys Hoover Institution, had advocated for the Trump administration to lift all social and business...
    The United States is at an "unacceptably high baseline" with coronavirus and the numbers must be brought down as the flu season approaches, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday.  "Were right around 40,000 new cases [a day]," the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell. "Thats an unacceptably high baseline. We have got to get it down. I would like to see it at 10,000 or less, hopefully less."  Fauci added that he is concerned about heading into the Labor Day holiday weekend, and said he wanted to use his interview to "have a plea to the people in this country" to realize that the nation needs to get its arms around the pandemic...
    A new member of the White House coronavirus task force has slammed claims that he's pushing herd immunity as a response to the pandemic as an 'overt lie.' Scott Atlas was announced as the newest member of the White House coronavirus task force on August 12, and has reportedly been dubbed by White House officials the 'anti Fauci' because his opinions are frequently at odds with veteran infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci.  Dr. Scott Atlas said in an interview on SiriusXM's 'The Michael Smerconish Program' that he has never advocated a herd immunity strategy to President Donald Trump or anyone in the administration or task force. Dr. Scott Atlas has slammed claims that he's pushing herd immunity as a...
    Jake Johnson September 2, 2020 8:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. A top White House coronavirus adviser brought on earlier this month despite his lack of expertise in infectious diseases or epidemiology is reportedly pushing the Trump administration to adopt a so-called "herd immunity" strategy to the pandemic that public health experts warn could kill millions of Americans and infect hundreds of millions more. The Washington Post reported Monday that Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist from the right-wing Hoover Institution, caught President Donald Trump's attention "with a spate of Fox News appearances in recent months" in which he downplayed the severity of Covid-19 and questioned...
    Recent reports accusing Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas of promoting a "herd immunity" strategy for fighting the coronavirus pandemic just aren't true, Atlas said Tuesday, calling the reports an “overt lie.” “The news is out of control,” Atlas said during an appearance on Fox News' “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “There's news, there’s opinion and then there’s overt lies -- and that was one of those overt lies.” Atlas told host Tucker Carlson he was not advising anyone to pursue a herd immunity strategy and has never mentioned it to President Trump or the task force. MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS MAKING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WORSE “No one’s ever said that to the president,” he said. “I’ve never heard the president say...
    SAN ANTONIO – As the chair of the UTSA Department of Mathematics who develops infectious disease models, Dr. Juan Gutierrez warns against pursuing “a fool’s errand” to achieve herd immunity, especially without a proven COVID-19 vaccine. “Until that happens, there is no herd immunity,” Gutierrez said. “There is no herd immunity for this disease without an exceedingly high human cost.” If COVID-19 does “run amok” infecting more people, Gutierrez said, there’s no guarantee it would lead to widespread immunity. “It might or might not happen,” he said. It certainly didn’t in Sweden, where the smaller country now has a higher COVID-19 death rate is than in the U.S, Gutierrez said. Related: UTSA professor says introducing herd immunity to combat COVID-19...
    (CNN) — After months of effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, herd immunity has emerged as a controversial topic. White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas responded to a report on Monday that claimed he is a proponent of a “herd immunity” strategy to combat Covid-19. “I’ve never advocated that strategy,” Atlas said at a press conference in Florida. Such an approach — similar to what was pursued in Sweden — would mean that many people nationwide would have to get sick with the coronavirus in order to build up a natural immunity across communities. As the virus spreads and sickens people, many could die in the process. Atlas explicitly denied that...
    Dr. Scott Atlas, who joined the White House’s pandemic response team in mid-August, has denied a report that he is pushing the so-called “herd immunity” strategy of handling the coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, herd immunity is “a situation in which a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely. Even individuals not vaccinated (such as newborns and those with chronic illnesses) are offered some protection because the disease has little opportunity to spread within the community.” The Washington Post, citing five unnamed sources, reported on Monday that Atlas was pushing President Donald Trump to consider the strategy...
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    (CNN)After months of effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, herd immunity has emerged as a controversial topic. White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas responded to a report on Monday that claimed he is a proponent of a "herd immunity" strategy to combat Covid-19. "I've never advocated that strategy," Atlas said at a press conference in Florida.Such an approach -- similar to what was pursued in Sweden -- would mean that many people nationwide would have to get sick with the coronavirus in order to build up a natural immunity across communities. As the virus spreads and sickens people, many could die in the process.Atlas explicitly denied that he is pushing a...
    A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions relating to the brain is suggesting to Donald Trump that he adopt the controversial theory of 'herd immunity', according to reports.  Scott Atlas was announced as the newest member of the White House coronavirus task force on August 12, and has been dubbed by White House officials the 'anti Fauci' because his opinions are frequently at odds with veteran infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci. Atlas, 65, is a radiologist, a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a frequent Fox News commentator.  Dr Scott Atlas joined the White House coronavirus task force on August 12  He previously served as chief of neuroradiology - radiology...
    There's a new doctor on the White House pandemic team, one who is telling Donald Trump what he wants to hear. The neuroradiologist, Scott Atlas, comes from Stanford's conservative Hoover Institution and caught Trump's eye during his appearances on Fox News, where he promoted "herd immunity" as a strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Five sources close to the administration and Trump's thinking tell The Washington Post that Atlas has influenced administration policy on testing and on reopening schools. Why is a doctor who does not have a background in infectious diseases or epidemiology on the team? He's telling Trump what he wants to hear, reportedly calling himself the "anti-Dr. Fauci," contrasting himself with the nation's leading infectious disease specialist,...
    Proponents of the “herd immunity” approach to the coronavirus pandemic have been arguing that if enough Americans are infected with COVID-19 and survive, the disease will be largely neutralized in the United States — an approach that many medical experts vehemently disagree with, including expert immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci. But according to Washington Post sources, this is an approach that is being aggressively pushed by one of President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus advisers: Dr. Scott Atlas, who joined the president’s team earlier this month. Atlas, journalists Yasmeen Abutaleb and Josh Dawsey report in the Post, “is urging the White House to embrace a controversial ‘herd immunity’ strategy to combat the pandemic, which would entail allowing the coronavirus to spread through...
    A CITY in Brazil which did not lockdown may have reached herd immunity, experts have said. Manaus, in the Amazon, has seen a dramatic fall in coronavirus cases and deaths since hitting 3,300 fatalities. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Manaus, in the Amazon, has seen a dramatic fall in coronavirus cases and deaths since hitting 3,300 fatalitiesCredit: Reuters The city of two million people was once one of the world's hardest-hit, with drone images taken in April showing images of mass graves and burials occurring at five times their normal rate.  But last week, Manaus saw its “excess deaths” drop to almost zero - as tests suggested that around 20 per cent of...
    The concept of herd immunity has been thrown around as a potential end to the coronavirus outbreak. It can be achieved either through most of a given population getting the disease and developing immunity or when there’s a widespread vaccination, according to Johns Hopkins.
    An unexpectedly positive turn for Brazilian cities once plagued with the coronavirus pandemic is raising fresh questions about herd immunity. A new report in The Washington Post described how the impoverished city of Manaus saw hospitalizations plummet even though it had never imposed a lockdown or taken the other drastic containment measures imposed in Asia and Europe. It’s also testing far more residents than it once did. Initially, medical experts believed that between 60 percent and 70 percent of the population needed to develop antibodies to reach collective immunity, but Manaus never got past 20 percent. And the Amazonian city of 2 million suffered three times as many deaths as normal in the spr ing. There are too many...
    “Herd immunity.” It is a coveted, yet intangible, goal in a world without a COVID-19 vaccine. In the absence of therapeutic treatments or a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, it suggests that there’s safety in numbers. In the absence of a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, physicians say the reality is far more complex. Last March, Patrick Vallance, the U.K.’s chief scientific adviser, said herd immunity was an option the government is exploring in its effort to grapple with COVID-19. The aim would be to allow immunity to build up among members of the population who are least at risk of dying from COVID-19. His aim, regarded by his critics as idealistic and foolhardy, was to...
    Is a vaccine the only way to return to normal after ­COVID-19? New research into the virus suggests not — that the infection rate may drop to tiny levels before then. Since the spring, scientists have known the virus’s infection fatality rate — how many people it kills compared to the number it infects — is under 1 percent, perhaps as low as 0.2 percent. That lower figure translates into one death for every 500 people infected. We have also known that deaths are seriously skewed by age. The media says older people are at “more” risk from the novel coronavirus than younger people. That’s true, but it understates the reality. Most people do not realize that the risks to...
    An unexpectedly positive turn for Brazilian cities once plagued with the coronavirus pandemic is raising fresh questions about herd immunity. A new report in The Washington Post described how the impoverished city of Manaus saw hospitalizations plummet even though it had never imposed a lockdown or taken the other drastic containment measures imposed in Asia and Europe. It's also testing far more residents than it once did. LASTING IMMUNITY SEEN AFTER MID-COVID-19 INFECTION: REPORT Initially, medical experts believed that between 60% and 70% of the population needed to develop antibodies to reach collective immunity, but Manaus never got past 20%. And the Amazonian city of 2 million suffered three times as many deaths as normal in the spring. Sisters Valeria Melo da Silva, left, and...
    Herd immunity. The term conjures up visions of open prairies and animals on the hoof. But all of a sudden, one research scientist is asking: Could certain densely packed New York City neighborhoods have already achieved herd immunity against the deadly coronavirus? It’s far from proven, but it’s not quite as far-fetched as it sounds. And there might even be some rough justice lurking in here somewhere. The biggest beneficiaries of herd immunity, if it’s actually happening, would be poorer and especially immigrant neighborhoods, the very communities hit hardest by the virus so far. “ “...I want to note that we don’t have proof of it, and we should just work off of an abundance of caution, not rest...
    (CNN)Although we still have much to learn about immunity, in recent days there have been important hints and encouraging developments. Individual and group immunity indicate the potential of a return to more normal times.The premise is that if COVID-19 infection protects at least some people from reinfection for some time, vaccination (because vaccines rarely out-perform the body's own immune reaction), proof of immunity that could allow freer travel, and resumption of many stalled economic and social activities may be possible. Meanwhile, the US is continuing to lose the battle against the virus. COVID-19 is spreading in most of the US at rates too high for effective contact tracing, too high for safe in-person schooling, and too high for robust economic...
    Sweden’s top infectious disease expert appeared to deliberately chase herd immunity from coronavirus — saying the death risk to the elderly could be “worth it,” according to newly released emails. Anders Tegnell — Sweden’s equivalent to Dr. Anthony Fauci — was already under fire for seemingly disastrous responses to the contagion that eschewed almost any lockdowns. Now emails obtained by Swedish journalists under freedom of information laws have further fanned the flames — seemingly contradicting his earlier denials that he deliberately sought a faster spread to get herd immunity despite knowing the risks, according to The Guardian. “One point would be to keep schools open to reach herd immunity faster,” he wrote during one March brainstorming exchange with his Finnish...
    By Manas Sharma, Simon Scarr and Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought "herd immunity" to the public consciousness, kindling hope the phenomenon can help slow or even end the outbreak. Herd immunity refers to a large portion of a community developing a degree of immunity to a virus, thereby reducing person-to-person spread. As a result, the whole community gains protection, not just those who are immune. (Click here for a Reuters graphic on how a vaccine slows the spread of a virus https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/HERD%20IMMUNITY%20(EXPLAINER)/ygdvzmqqgpw/index.html) NATURAL INFECTION VS VACCINATION There are two pathways to herd immunity: natural infection or vaccination. Natural infection refers to when a large number of people have had a disease and recovered. However,...
    Sweden’s top infectious disease expert appeared to deliberately chase herd immunity from coronavirus — saying the death risk to the elderly could be “worth it,” according to newly released emails. Anders Tegnell — Sweden’s equivalent to Dr. Anthony Fauci — was already under fire for seemingly disastrous responses to the contagion that eschewed almost any lockdowns. Now emails obtained by Swedish journalists under freedom of information laws have further fanned the flames — seemingly contradicting his earlier denials that he deliberately sought a faster spread to get herd immunity despite knowing the risks, according to The Guardian. “One point would be to keep schools open to reach herd immunity faster,” he wrote during one March brainstorming exchange with his Finnish...
    Groundbreaking new evidence suggests COVID-19 patients develop lasting, long-term immunity after infection, according to new study released on Friday. What are the details? Business Insider reported that some scientists believe the benefits of long-term immunity against the coronavirus will be beneficial to reducing the contagion of the coronavirus. Initial research indicated that antibodies in COVID-19 patients could fade within months of infection — but new research from medical journal Cell says white blood cells — which help fight infections — have a "muscle memory" and could return to fight off second infections. In particular, memory T cells — effector cells that help identify and eradicate infectious cells and relay information to B cells...
    THE world hasn't built up anywhere near the amount of coronavirus immunity needed to induce herd protection, warns the World Health Organisation. Despite there being more than 22.3million infections across the globe, not enough of the population has developed antibodies to stop the spread, it adds. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Soldiers from the 4th Military Region of the Brazilian Armed Forces take part in the cleaning and disinfection of a market in the Belo Horizonte, August 18Credit: AFP or licensors Herd immunity is typically best achieved with vaccination. Most scientists estimate that at least 70 per cent of the population must have antibodies to prevent an outbreak. But some experts have...
    Limited “Herd immunity” may be hindering the ongoing spread of coronavirus in Miami-Dade, the hardest-hit county in Florida, the third-most populous state in America, according to public health experts. Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, and Carlos Migoya, the CEO of Jackson Health System, the public hospital network in Miami-Dade, recently told the Miami Herald that partial “herd immunity,” along with other mitigation efforts, could be helping slow the transmission of coronavirus. Citing the two experts on Friday, the Herald reported: Social distancing measures, face mask orders, and curfews certainly helped [slow the spread], public health experts say, but so did other factors that they’re still working to understand — specifically, the seasonality of the virus and so-called herd immunity,...
    PARTS of London and New York could already have coronavirus herd immunity, scientists claim. They say as little as 10 per cent of people may need to be infected for the virus to fizzle out. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Parts of London and New York 'could have coronavirus herd immunity' Credit: Getty Images - Getty Experts previously believed 60 to 70 per cent of the population would need test positive for Covid-19 to gain herd immunity status. But they now claim between 10 and 43 per cent could be enough to stop the spread of the virus, should a second wave hit. Scientists at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and...
    A former State Department official said Tuesday that “herd immunity” has been key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus in China to such a degree the country was able to allow a weekend pool party in Wuhan. “It probably implies they have herd immunity in Wuhan, which, I think, is how this was arrested,” former State Department senior adviser Christian Whiton said in an interview with Fox Business host Charles Payne. “It wasn’t necessarily Communist Party oppression that solved it in the end. It was that so many people got this that you got herd immunity.” Images from the Chinese city of Wuhan this week showed thousands of people attending a pool party at the city’s Maya Beach Water...
    The World Health Organization on Tuesday shut down the idea that the world could have enough people with antibodies to the coronavirus to be near herd immunity and hamper its spread. [ READ: Errors Undermine Data on COVID-19 in Nursing Homes ]"I think what we can say with certainty is, right now, as a planet, as a global population, we are nowhere close to the levels of immunity required to stop this disease transmitting," Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said at a press conference. "And we need to focus on what we can actually do now to suppress transmission and not live in the hope of herd immunity being our salvation. Right now, that is not a...
    The world is nowhere near achieving herd immunity against coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Dr Michael Ryan, the no-nonsense Irish epidemiologist in charge of the WHO's health emergencies programme, told people to stop pinning their hopes on the theory as a Covid fix-all. Scientists believe at least 70 per cent of people need to have caught and recovered from the virus to reach herd immunity — when a disease runs out of room and can no longer spread because enough of the population have been exposed to it. More optimistic experts estimate community protection could be established if 40 per cent of people had antibodies against Covid-19. But studies suggest only about 10 to 20 per cent...
    SWEDEN'S top coronavirus expert has been blasted for appearing to ask whether a higher death rate was a fair price for herd immunity, bombshell emails show. Anders Tegnell decided against a lockdown in the country which has suffered a higher death toll than their Scandinavian neighbours. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Anders Tegnell appeared to ask if a spread among older people was 'worth it' to keep schools openCredit: EPA Messages sent by Mr Tegnell, and obtained by journalists through freedom of information laws, appear to show him discussing keeping schools open to encourage herd-immunity. The publication of the emails, which date back five months, have sparked criticism of Sweden's liberal approach to...
    Herd immunity against Covid-19 could be closer than scientists first thought and as little as 10 per cent of people may need to be infected for the virus to fizzle out, experts say. It means pockets of London and New York and countries like India may already be immune to the life-threatening disease, should a second wave hit. Cases may not rise so drastically as they did during the first peak of the pandemic earlier this year because the disease has run out of room to spread, or the disease may be less severe if immunity is short-lived, scientists believe. Previously it's been speculated 60 to 70 per cent of the population would need to suffer Covid-19 or be vaccinated to...
    It cannot be said enough how vulnerable the modern news media is — when a big story hits — to becoming instantly, deeply invested in narratives that fit various agendas, and then failing to revisit that storyline once a more complete factual record finally becomes apparent. There may be no better recent example of this danger than the media’s treatment of Sweden and its controversial handling of the coronavirus crisis. Sweden, more than any other major country, decided to swim against the tidal wave of world-wide government lockdowns in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Government restrictions were much lighter there than elsewhere else, and even mask use was never mandated, or even strongly encouraged. At first, this decision...
    The media might keep it a secret, but the hospitals have quietly emptied out their beds of COVID-19 patients, as large swaths of the country appear to have hit a de facto herd immunity threshold. Meanwhile, no matter how much good news we see, those who treat us as subjects continue to create false panic, extend draconian and ineffective restrictions on liberty, and refuse to put out an exit strategy. They are rapidly turning this lockdown into our domestic Afghanistan. It's now becoming clear, from every state and country that has reached saturation levels of the virus, that the virus burns out roughly around the 20% seroprevalence benchmark, not at the 80% threshold the fearmongers predicted. Whether it's Sweden,...
    Sweden's Covid-19 expert Anders Tegnell has come under fire for appearing to ask whether a higher death rate in elderly people was a fair price to pay for herd immunity.  Email exchanges obtained by journalists in Sweden under freedom of information laws appear to show the country's coronavirus strategist discussing the option of keeping schools open to encourage herd immunity in mid-March. One conversation was with Tegnell's Finnish counterpart, Mika Salminen, in what Swedish journalists say appears to be a brainstorming of methods to tackle the pandemic.  The newly-released emails which date back five months have caused a stir in Sweden and have fuelled criticism of the country's no-lockdown approach to the pandemic.  Sweden's Covid-19 expert Anders Tegnell (pictured)  has come...
    Over a dozen scientists say the threshold to reach coronavirus herd immunity might be lower than they initially projected, The New York Times reported Monday. According to scientists, herd immunity will be reached when the virus is unable to spread broadly because there are not enough vulnerable hosts, the Times reported. The consensus among scientists has been that 70% of a population needed to be immune through either vaccination or survival to reach herd immunity, according to the Times, but now several researchers claim that threshold could be 50% or lower. “I’m quite prepared to believe that there are pockets in New York City and London which have substantial immunity,” said epidemiologist Bill Hanage of the Harvard T.H. Chan School...
    There are over 5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The actual number could be much higher when including Americans who have not been diagnosed or who were asymptomatic. Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the medical community might have underestimated the number of asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. A pandemic analyst contends that all of those positive cases could be enabling herd immunity that could be slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in the southern United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an updated guidance this week that noted people who...
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci warned against seeking to combat coronavirus through nationwide herd immunity and explained that the death toll would be "enormous and unacceptable." The head of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force made the comments during a live Instagram session on Friday with actor Matthew McConaughey. "If everyone contracted it, even with the relatively high percentage of people without symptoms," Fauci said, "a lot of people are going to die." Fauci pointed to the prevalence of health issues among Americans that would result to large numbers of deaths if the coronavirus was spread widely. "You look at the United States of America,...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the death toll would be "enormous" if the U.S. allowed the coronavirus to run rampant in a bid to achieve herd immunity. Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, made his remarks Thursday during a 41-minute live Instagram interview with actor Matthew McConaughey. He noted any herd immunity attempt would have significant impact of those considered most vulnerable to the virus. "If everyone contracted it, even with the relatively high percentage of people without symptoms, a lot of people are going to die," Fauci said. "You look at the United States of America with our epidemic of obesity as it were. With the number of people with hypertension. With the number of people...
    (CNN) — If the United States allowed coronavirus infections to run rampant to achieve possible herd immunity, the death toll would be massive especially among vulnerable people, the nation’s top infectious doctor said. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained the risks during a live Instagram session with actor Matthew McConaughey. “If everyone contracted it, even with the relatively high percentage of people without symptoms … a lot of people are going to die,” Fauci said. “You look at the United States of America with our epidemic of obesity as it were. With the number of people with hypertension. With the number of people with diabetes. If everyone got infected, the death toll would...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci warned about a staggering death toll from the coronavirus, particularly among vulnerable people, if the US allows the infections to sweep across the country in a bid to achieve possible herd immunity. “If everyone contracted it, even with the relatively high percentage of people without symptoms … a lot of people are going to die,” the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said during a live Instagram session with actor Matthew McConaughey, CNN reported. “You look at the United States of America with our epidemic of obesity as it were. With the number of people with hypertension. With the number of people with diabetes. If everyone got infected, the death toll would be enormous and totally unacceptable,” said...
    (CNN)If the United States allowed coronavirus infections to run rampant to achieve possible herd immunity, the death toll would be massive especially among vulnerable people, the nation's top infectious doctor said.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained the risks during a live Instagram session with actor Matthew McConaughey. "If everyone contracted it, even with the relatively high percentage of people without symptoms ... a lot of people are going to die," Fauci said. "You look at the United States of America with our epidemic of obesity as it were. With the number of people with hypertension. With the number of people with diabetes. If everyone got infected, the death toll would be...
    Dr Anthony Fauci explained to Matthew McConaughey on Thursday that the death toll would be 'enormous' had the US attempted to achieve herd immunity just hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a grim forecast that predicts 189,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 by early September.  In an discussion with the actor on Instagram, the nation's top infectious disease expert said: 'If everyone contracted it, even with the relatively high percentage of people who are without symptoms ... a lot of people are going to die.' 'If you look at the United States of America with our epidemic of obesity as it were, with the number of people with hypertension, with the number of people with diabetes,...
    Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S.Kevin Dietsch | Reuters If the U.S. allowed the coronavirus to spread unchecked in an attempt to try to achieve so-called herd immunity, the "death toll would be enormous," White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Thursday.  "If everyone contracted it, even with the relatively high percentage of people without symptoms ... a lot of people are going to die," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told actor Matthew McConaughey during a live discussion on Instagram.  According to epidemiologists, herd immunity is necessary...
    By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Diverging from much of the world, Sweden let COVID-19 spread in hopes the population would develop "herd immunity." But the risky strategy failed, a new report finds. Rather than imposing a hard lockdown in March as other countries did, the Scandinavian nation relied on individual responsibility to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus. This is the idea of "folkvett" -- common sense of the people -- and the approach made headlines at the time. Gyms, stores and restaurants remained open; schools were open for kids up to age 16; while gatherings of more than 50 people were banned. Authorities predicted that 40% of the people in...
    (CNN)Last month, researchers in one of India's largest cities made a surprising discovery. Of the nearly 7,000 blood samples taken from people in Mumbai's slums, 57% tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.While some were alarmed by the results of the study conducted by the Mumbai authorities and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, others were optimistic. Mumbai's slums, where social distancing is nearly impossible, might now have some of the highest levels of immunity in the world -- only 23.5% of samples taken by India's National Center for Disease Control tested positive for antibodies in Delhi and 14% tested positive in New York, in a study sponsored by the New York State Department of Health.A health worker screens people for Covid-19...
    SWEDEN’S coronavirus herd immunity push has “failed” as only 15 per cent of residents have antibodies despite there being no lockdown, new research shows. However lead author, Professor David Goldsmith, says it’s too soon to “judge” Sweden, as it’ll take up to another two years to gauge the full impact of measures. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Sweden's laid-back approach to the coronavirus is being studied by expertsCredit: AFP or licensors 6Stats show a drop in the number of Covid-19 cases in Sweden Sweden's policy of allowing coronavirus to spread among the population hasn't delivered the country's goal of herd immunity, according to University College London's analysis. The country steered clear of imposing...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- There are more than 165 COVID-19 vaccine candidates across the world, 38 of which are in human clinical trials, and eight are in phase III clinical trials as of Wednesday, according to the New York Times Vaccine Tracker.It's the race for a coronavirus vaccine. But, once we have it, how many will actually take it?BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA: The Race for a VaccineThe group isn't just anti-vaxxers but those skeptical the rush will come at the cost of safety.ABC7 profiled three people who share those concerns."I will never put a vaccine into my body," said Joseph Jacks, an anti-vaxxer."Tell me why you're concerned about a COVID vaccine," ABC7's Stephanie Sierra asked."Testing, testing, testing, testing, and...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  For critics of aggressive stay-at-home orders, the solution seems clear: Reopen the economy and enough people will eventually become infected by the novel coronavirus to achieve “herd immunity” even before a vaccine is available. The idea is that eventually, a sufficient percentage of the population will have survived COVID-19 and become immune, which in turn protects the rest of the uninfected population by interrupting the spread of the virus. But the disastrous situation unfolding at San Quentin State Prison over the last two months has become the latest of several cautionary tales that show how any effort to achieve herd immunity before a vaccine is available would come with enormous costs in terms of illness and death....
    As she sat dangling her legs over the water while waiting for the ferry back to Stockholm, Carolinne Liden looked a picture of contentment after a day out on a sunny Swedish island.  But the pandemic has been tough for this young mother. She works in film production, so all her contracts were cancelled and she had to take a job in an equine shop to make ends meet. Her partner Tobias Moe, a freelance photographer, also saw his income fall.  Yet when I asked this affable couple about Anders Tegnell, the state epidemiologist steering their country’s strategy for tackling this crisis, their reply was instant. ‘He’s a hero,’ said Carolinne, 35. Supportive views: Film production worker Carolinne Liden...
    Recent published studies from England, Spain, and Sweden suggest the infeasibility of herd immunity to Covid-19 in the short term. The rapid drop in antibody levels following infection demonstrated in these studies indicates that coronavirus immunity may not be long-lasting, and that the concept of herd immunity by itself is not achievable without additional support in the form of regular vaccinations or additional treatments to improve immune response. The argument that natural herd immunity will resolve the coronavirus pandemic relies on the assumptions that infection rates are high and that antibodies confer long-term immunity. European studies suggest the opposite. Infection rates are lower than expected where the virus is thought to be endemic, and antibodies decline rapidly, suggesting that natural...
    TRYING to achieve coronavirus ‘herd immunity’ will overwhelm hospitals and kill large numbers of people, the World Health Organization has warned. Herd immunity is achieved when enough people have become infected with the virus or have been vaccinated against it to stop it from spreading. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Medics evacuate a care home resident in Melbourne, where there has been a spike in Covid-19 casesCredit: AFP or licensors But in a chilling warning, the global health body said hospitals will be overwhelmed by allowing Covid-19 to spread in communities. Mike Ryan, executive director its health emergencies programme, said most scientists think about 60 – 80 per cent of a population needs...
    A study commissioned by the city of Mumbai revealed on Tuesday that over half of the people living in its famously crowded slums have antibodies for the Wuhan coronavirus in their blood. As with seemingly all other news about the virus, both supporters and critics of the Indian government claimed the data vindicates their position. WION News reported the results of the study accompanied by an observation that infections appear far more prevalent in Mumbai than expected, but “deaths in the sprawling slums have not exploded,” so city officials took the data as evidence their approach to the pandemic was correct: India is already the third worst-hit country after the US and Brazil, with nearly 1.5 million cases though...
    Visitors walk past face mask signs along Decatur Street in the French Quarter on July 14, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Sean Gardner | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Wednesday advised public officials against trying to achieve so-called herd immunity to the coronavirus by allowing it to rapidly spread throughout their communities, saying it will overwhelm hospitals and kill a lot of people. Herd immunity is necessary to really contain a virus, according to epidemiologists. That is generally achieved once enough people either get vaccinated or survive the virus so they have the antibodies to fight off new infections and the virus doesn't have enough new hosts to spread.  Most scientists think 60% to 80% of the population needs...