April 7, 2020 8:55 pm at 8:55 pm #1848187koffeeParticipant
Can we reach herd immunity by inoculating young and healthy people with the COVID-19 virus, in a controlled and isolated manner? Infecting people on purpose may sound counterintuitive, but it would be much like controlled burns are in forest fires.April 7, 2020 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm #1848220Doing my bestParticipant
I believe young and healthy people still have almost a 1% of dying from Coronavirus. so for example if 220million people in the US got it, there would be about 2.25 million deaths. If you want to risk it, go right ahead.April 8, 2020 1:31 am at 1:31 am #1848193ready nowParticipant
No, dumb idea. Like murder.April 8, 2020 1:32 am at 1:32 am #1848207ubiquitinParticipant
There is no guarantee. Coronovirus never got the memo that it isnt supposed to harm young healthy people. IVe seen many in their thirties and few in their twentiesApril 8, 2020 1:32 am at 1:32 am #1848217GadolhadorahParticipant
No evidence that it would. Closest real “experiment” is current practice in Sweden. Herd immunity, to the extent it is effective, varies considerably by virus and there is zero long-term information on CV19/.April 8, 2020 1:32 am at 1:32 am #1848238ready nowParticipant
It is dangerous to suggest such a thing1April 8, 2020 7:21 am at 7:21 am #1848286Someone in MonseyParticipant
Herd immunity in this case is a fruitless idea without a vaccine. Vaccines are, as you might know, an infusion of the very disease in question. Since there is no vaccine for CoV-2, the only way to achieve herd immunity is for the vast majority to become infected with it, which is a horrendous idea, as it has a high fatality rate. Without a vaccine, the only way forward is to stamp out the contagion through isolating ourselves from it, so that it dies out for lack of hosts.April 8, 2020 4:28 pm at 4:28 pm #1848337Chaim EliezerParticipant
If coronavirus were well understood the idea might possibly have merit. However we are finding that the destructive effects, virulence and contagion are much worse than an ordinary flu. Even in young, healthy patients, doctors are finding permanent lung damage.April 8, 2020 6:46 pm at 6:46 pm #1848355koffeeParticipant
Sadly, there have been tragic cases with young people. However, this happened in the context of an overwhelmed healthcare system. The question is whether with proper selection filters and safeguards, we can lower the danger to acceptable levels. A vaccine seems far away.April 12, 2020 12:09 am at 12:09 am #1848620👑RebYidd23Participant
Young people get older over time, which leads to increased risk if they get it later.
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