Dr. Anthony Fauci warns Americans that they do NOT have ‘herd immunity’ to coronavirus because too few people are infected – even if there are more than 164,000 US cases
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says herd immunity coronavirus is unlikely
- He said there have not been enough infections to prevent the virus from spreading through a community
- Fauci advocates social distance, saying there is a “glimmer of hope” that these measures work
- If there is a second wave, Fauci says the US will be better prepared because of more testing, potential treatments, and even a vaccine
- In the U.S., there have been more than 164,000 confirmed cases and more than 3,000 deaths
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The top infectious disease expert in the US says herd immunity to the new coronavirus is unlikely to occur.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says people who are infected have built up antibodies.
However, not enough Americans have contracted the disease not to spread in communities.
“The people who are infected – there is no doubt … that when you recover from an infection, you have an immunity that protects you with the same specific pathogen, in this case the coronavirus,” he said. CNN anchor Jim Sciutto.
“If people are infected, I don’t think it would rise to the level of protection of the herd community. [A]At the community level, there wouldn’t have been enough infections to really have enough overarching immunity. ‘
Dr. Anthony Fauci (photo), a top NIH official, says herd immunity to the new coronavirus in the US is unlikely
He said there have not been enough infections to prevent the virus from spreading through the communities. Pictured: A patient with a face mask is taken to an ambulance at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 25.
Fauci advocates social distance, saying there is a “glimmer of hope” that these measures work. Pictured: A patient receives a COVID-19 test from a medical care provider outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York on March 29
Public health officials have been warning for years that vaccines protect not only individuals, but the community as a whole in what is known as ‘herd immunity’.
This happens when the vast majority of a community – between 80 and 95 percent – becomes immune, so that when a disease is introduced it cannot spread.
Therefore, those who cannot be vaccinated, including the sick, very young and very old, are protected.
This was the UK’s strategy – to build the herd’s immunity rather than to lock it up to remove the virus from the community.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, told it Sky News: ‘Herd immunity [allows] enough of us who get mild disease to become immune. ‘
When models showed that the country’s hospital system would not be able to deal with all serious cases, the government declined the plan,
Therefore, Dr. Fauci advocated for social distance and told CNN that measures seem to work.
“We’re starting to see flickering that actually has a dampening effect,” he said.
“And I don’t want to spend too much money on it, because you don’t want to get overconfident, you just want to continue what you’re doing. You start to see that the daily increases are. ‘
Dr. Fauci has said he expects a second wave of this outbreak in the fall, but it won’t be as bad as what’s seen now.
“If we have a second wave … I don’t think it will be so bad because we have other things in our favor,” he said.
“We have better equipment, we can handle it better. But we have some drugs that are in a clinical trial and we are pushing hard on the vaccine. ‘
He stressed that he expects immunization of the coronavirus to occur within a year to a year and a half. which will be available
“I think I can say with some confidence that if we do indeed get that second wave we will be much, much better prepared than we are now,” Dr. Fauci.