White House Embraces 'Herd Immunity' Declaration That Encourages COVID-19 Infections

  • White House Embraces 'Herd Immunity' Declaration That Encourages COVID-19 Infections

White House Embraces 'Herd Immunity' Declaration That Encourages COVID-19 Infections

"For months, the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts has strived to be a Covid-safe community", reads the statement posted to the town's official website.

The letter's publication comes after the release of "The Great Barrington Declaration" on October 4, which was cited by two anonymous White House senior administration officials on an October 15 call, according to The New York Times. Mokdad is with The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a population health research center with the University of Washington's School of Medicine.

Eighty researchers from fields including epidemiology, virology, health policy, sociology and mathematical modelling flatly rejected the strategy, which involves allowing the virus to spread among healthy people, while protecting those who are most vulnerable.

Citing experts, the New York Times reported that herd immunity, which occurs when the disease stops spreading because it has been contracted by almost everyone in a population, is still far off into the future for COVID-19.

Monday, World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the idea of a society attempting to protect itself by herd immunity not just unscientific but also unacceptable.

"COVID-19 carries a much higher risk of severe disease and death than other infections where herd immunity was attempted before a vaccine was available". "Herd immunity is achieved when the virus stops circulating because a large segment of the population has already been infected".

The researchers thus conclude that "the somewhat counterintuitive results that school closures lead to more deaths are a outcome of the addition of some interventions that suppress the first wave and failure to prioritise protection of the most vulnerable people".

While critics of public health measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus-including Dr. Scott Atlas, a top White House adviser on the pandemic who has no public health expertise-have pointed to Sweden's approach as one the US should emulate, the organizations note that the country has the highest mortality rate in Scandinavia after failing to implement an early and robust economic shutdown.

Regardless of the declaration suggesting that mortality and social hurt needs to be minimized till herd immunity is reached, one of many co-authors, Dr. Martin Kulldorff, beforehand advised KYR information by way of electronic mail, that they "usually are not advocating a "herd immunity technique". "It is illogical to ignore public health and scientific evidence when so many lives are at stake".

Thomas File, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, denounced the declaration Wednesday, saying it was "released without data or evidence". He's looking at hard-hit places, such as Ecuador and Mexico City, to see if herd immunity is happening.

The almost 10,000 medical and public health signatories, who are mostly anonymous until the declaration is approved, call their method "Focused Protection".

They also state that there's no evidence for "lasting protective immunity to SARS-CoV-2 following natural infection".

With one of its proponents working at Oxford, the Great Barrington Declaration has raised alarm in the United Kingdom as well as the U.S. On Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that the document is underpinned by two "emphatically false" claims. Mokdad says we haven't seen what the lid is yet for herd immunity and to try and find out would cost tens of millions of lives. This is not true.

"Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak", he added.

Herd immunity can't work for several reasons, Maldonado said.

But again, herd immunity isn't happening at 60 percent. Between 85% and 90% of the American population is still susceptible to the respiratory disease, according to estimates by experts. "Please wear a mask".