Scientists call for Covid herd immunity strategy for young - 2020-10-06
An international group of scientists has called on governments to overturn their coronavirus strategies and allow young and healthy people to return to normal life while protecting the most vulnerable.
The proposal, drawn up by three researchers but signed by many more, argues for letting the virus spread in low-risk groups in the hope of achieving "herd immunity", where enough of the population is resistant to the virus to quell the pandemic.
Described as "the Great Barrington declaration", after the Massachusetts town where it was drawn up, the plan marks the latest round in a hotly contested debate between scientists who back radically different approaches to the crisis. One critic said the "grotesque" plan amounted to a culling of sick and disabled people.