Fauci calls coronavirus herd immunity approach ‘nonsense, very dangerous’

A security guard uses a handheld thermometer to take the temperature of customers wearing face masks or coverings due to the COVID-19 pandemic as they wait to enter a bar in Liverpool north west England

It’s Nonsense’ Several Public Health Experts Denounce COVID-19 ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy AFP 2020 OLI SCARFF

Referred to by its authors as the John Snow Memorandum, the open letter, which will also be launched during the 16th World Congress on Public Health programme 2020, is signed by 80 global researchers (as of publication) with expertise spanning public health, epidemiology, medicine, paediatrics, sociology, virology, infectious disease, health systems, psychology, psychiatry, health policy, and mathematical modelling. Five states had a record number of deaths in a week, and 12 states set records for new cases in a week, a USA TODAY analysis found.

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.

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

While emphasizing vigilance in protecting the vulnerable, the GBD classifies school closings as "a grave injustice" and asserts that "those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal", while incorporating "simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick".

Also on Wednesday, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) released a separate statement calling the Great Barrington Declaration "inappropriate, irresponsible, and ill-informed".

The letter comes after numerous U.S. media this week reported that senior Trump administration officials had voiced support for an online declaration advocating herd immunity which gathered more than 9,000 signatories worldwide. "If we get herd immunity, let's get it with a vaccine and not by letting everybody get infected". "Our goal ought to due to this fact be to reduce mortality and social hurt till we attain herd immunity".

"The second central claim is that we can segregate the old and the vulnerable on our way to herd immunity", Hancock continued.

"It is crystal clear that there are still enough susceptible people in the population even in major parts of New York City to sustain outbreaks", he said. "Business is open, but 95 percent of people are wearing masks", Mokdad said.

They said such measures can also compliment rapid response through efficient and comprehensive testing, contact tracing, isolation and support systems.

"Any pandemic management strategy relying upon immunity from natural infections for COVID-19 is flawed", the scientists wrote in the open letter published Thursday in the journal The Lancet.

"We can not afford distractions that undermine an effective response; it is essential that we act urgently based on the evidence", the group writes. He removed the pump handle, so no one could get water from the well - a controversial move at the time - and the epidemic ended.

World Health Organization emergencies director Michael Ryan warned back in May that any country pursuing herd immunity were making "a really risky calculation".

More than 80 specialists from universities across the world said that the only effective way of limiting excess deaths during the pandemic was to control the disease's spread.

The authors of the letter against herd immunity state that the approach, long touted by President Donald Trump, significantly risks disease and death across the whole population, thus harming the workforce and overwhelming health care systems. "Allowing a risky virus that we don't fully understand to run free is simply unethical". The Masimo Foundation does not provide editorial input.

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