Herd immunity needed to combat Coronavirus infection: Experts

Experts believe that herd Immunity is the only lasting solution to the Coronavirus pandemic. “There is no alternative to herd immunity.

In a nation of 1.3 billion people the herd immunity strategy, would allow a majority of the population to gain resistance to the virus by becoming infected and then recovering. It could also result in less economic devastation and human suffering than restrictive lockdowns designed to stop the virus,” said epidemiologist and visiting professor at the Kolkata-based West Bengal University of Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Naresh Purohit on April 24.

“No country can afford a prolonged period of lockdowns and least of all a country like India,” Purohit pointed out.

In an interview with BBC, World Health Organization’s special envoy for COVID-19, David Nabarro, said, “We must learn to live with it (the pandemic)”. He told that it was not known how long it would take to develop a treatment or a vaccine.

“We have all got to learn to live with this virus, to do our business with this virus in our presence, to have social relations with this virus in our presence and not to be continuously having to be in lockdown because of the widespread infections that can occur,” Nabarro said.

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