Report: British Govt Strategy For Coronavirus Is to Let It 'Pass Through The Entire Population' to 'Acquire Herd Immunity'Chris Menahan
Mar. 12, 2020
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The British government is reportedly going to allow the coronavirus "to pass through the entire population" so that they "acquire herd immunity."
From ITV, "British government wants UK to acquire coronavirus 'herd immunity', writes Robert Peston":
The key phrase we all need to understand is “herd immunity” – which is what happens to a group of people or animals when they develop sufficient antibodies to be resistant to a disease.Studies are coming out suggesting heat and humidity suppress the virus, hence the lower rates in Africa (even though they're a major trading partner with China).
Second, the kind of coercive measures employed by China in Wuhan and Hubei have simply locked the virus behind the closed doors of people’s homes.That's another major assumption with no evidence yet to back it up.
President Xi went to Wuhan on Tuesday in a show of strength and is operating under the opposite assumption.
What are the consequences for the UK of these judgements, which the Prime Minister and Health Secretary are accepting?The problem with that is the evidence suggests children can spread the virus without experiencing any symptoms.
There are a few reasons why school closures are not regarded as sensible, not least that children themselves are the least at risk from the virus – although they may well be an important channel of infection-transmission to older people who are at risk.There's a very decent chance mitigation strategies will be developed over the next few months (i.e. masks, drugs and other treatments) and the virus will be hurt by warming temperatures and increased absolute humidity.
A lot of experts believe an aggressive strategy of mass testing, quarantines, restricted travel and public gatherings to contain the virus immediately is the best way to give hospitals time to prepare and supply chains time to recover.
You don't want to have a repeat of the situation now in Italy where the government was claiming travel restrictions were "racist" and this is "just the flu."
Meanwhile, the UK is allowing mass gatherings like the Cheltenham festival to take place with 60,000 people in close quarters.
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