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Herd immunity keeps resurfacing but it's dangerous and flawed and distracts from need to cooperate with public health measures

Martina Devlin



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Experiment: Sweden has tried ‘herd immunity’ but it is seen by many health experts as dangerous

Experiment: Sweden has tried ‘herd immunity’ but it is seen by many health experts as dangerous

Experiment: Sweden has tried ‘herd immunity’ but it is seen by many health experts as dangerous

Let it rip, says the herd-immunity brigade. Hive off those inconvenient old people and allow the rest of society to resume their rightful role at the economic coalface.

Ireland's chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan calls the herd immunity crew "let-it-rip merchants who've been quoting a lot of pseudo-science" about "let it happen".

"Let it happen" is the theory that Covid-19 spreads through the community and the majority builds up resistance to it. Problem solved.