Herd Immunity Scientists Met With The White House - 2020-10-09
On Monday, as President Donald Trump was urging the world not to fear the virus he was newly infected with, top health officials of his were meeting with a trio of scientists pushing the same belief.
Their highly controversial recommendation to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and coronavirus task force adviser Scott Atlas: Only "vulnerable" people should be protected from the virus. It should be allowed to spread among everyone else until they achieve "herd" immunity, a tipping point at which the virus fizzles out because enough people are immune.
According to many health experts who weren't in the room, this is a dangerous proposal to unleash on a population that, by and large, is still susceptible to infection. Aiming for herd immunity would needlessly sicken and kill countless people on top of the more than 210,000 Americans who have already died. It's also impractical: Many scientists agree that it would be enormously difficult to reach herd immunity without an effective and widely used vaccine.