The Scotsman

Herd im­mu­nity

- Health · Vaccines · Medical Treatments · Mauritius · United States of America · United Kingdom · Hopkins · Edinburgh · Mayo Clinic · England · National Health Service in England · Morningside, MD

My un­der­stand­ing is that the lock­down was in­sti­gated in or­der to pre­vent the NHS be­ing over whelmed by huge num­bers of peo­ple with coron­avirus. Also, that the best way of over­com­ing the virus was by the devel­op­ment of “herd im­mu­nity”.

We h ave since dis­cov­ered that a minute num­ber of chil­dren have died from the virus (six, I be­lieve) and that young peo­ple are hardly af­fected by it at all. Many are com­pletely asymp­to­matic.

To achieve her dim mu nity, peo­ple need to have ei­ther caught the virus, or to have been vac­ci­nated. As there is no sign yet of a vac­cine (ex­clud­ing Rus­sian pro­pa­ganda), that leaves peo­ple catch­ing it. The Mayo Clinic in the US reck­ons that 70 per cent of the Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion hav­ing had the virus would cre­ate herd im­mu­nity, so it would be rea­son­able to as­sume the same would ap­ply in the UK. In 2018, 62.7 per cent of the UK pop­u­la­tion were aged 16-64, which means that 70 per cent would be in that range when younger chil­dren are in­cluded.

This must be the time for so­cial dis­tanc­ing to end and for those who are un­der 60 to be en­cour­aged to mix and get the dis­ease. In case any­one dis­putes this, NHS England say that only 253 peo­ple aged un­der 60 with no un­der­ly­ing health is­sues have died of Covid-19. We must drop the lock­downs im­me­di­ately and get the coun­try back to nor­mal­ity while there is any chance of do­ing so.

PETER HOP­KINS Morn­ing­side Road, Ed­in­burgh

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