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The infection fatality rate there stands at around 1.2 percent, or 12 times more lethal than the flu. “We have not been surprised” by the results, said the country’s health minister. “There is no herd immunity in Spain.”
France has been testing its population for antibodies too. The results were similar.
A mere 4.4 per cent of the French population – 2.8 million people – have been infected, according to findings by the Pasteur Institue, published in the journal Science and based on models applied to hospital and death data.
Even in the worst hit parts of France, the eastern area and the Paris region, the infection rate only reaches between nine and 10 per cent on average, the research found.
In a worrying sign that coronavirus may not be done sweeping through nations that are beginning to emerge from lockdown, recent studies in Spain, France and England indicate that only a small fraction of these countries' populations had been infected with the virus.
The figure is far lower than the 65 percent of the population many experts believe is needed to achieve so-called "herd immunity" and control the pandemic, the report found.
Hmmm maybe they should have just quarantined high risk individuals and let the rest of the adults make decisions for themselves regarding this virus.
"herd immunity" if there is such a thing,
Herd immunity was recognized as a naturally occurring phenomenon in the 1930s when it was observed that after a significant number of children had become immune to measles, the number of new infections temporarily decreased, including among susceptible children. Mass vaccination to induce herd immunity has since become common and proved successful in preventing the spread of many infectious diseases
originally posted by: alomaha
"Only 5%"?!?! First they quarantine everyone in hope that it would stop virus from spreading and now they are suprised that there are only 20-50 times more infected from their official number. What a bunch of morons and hypocrites... Now they're sorry that numbers are so "low", so that herd immunity couldn't be created. But it's precesily because of their policies that herd immunity couldn't be created. So that the game could go on, to continue to live in fear and expect a second wave that could be even more deadly. Motherf*#!*"#....