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Herd immunity against Covid-19 could be closer than scientists first thought and as little as 10 per cent of people may need to be infected for the virus to fizzle out, experts say.
It means pockets of London and New York and countries like India may already be immune to the life-threatening disease, should a second wave hit.
Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told the New York Times: 'I'm quite prepared to believe that there are pockets in New York City and London which have substantial immunity.
Experts now believe pockets of New York and London could be immune from Covid-19 and as few as 10% of people may need to be infected
The true size of the pandemic is a mystery because millions of infected people were not tested during the height of the crisis, either because of a lack of Covid-19 swabs or because they never had any of the tell-tale symptoms.
And scientists say immunity in the UK is likely to be far higher than what Government antibody testing shows because it doesn't account for T-cells. Top immunologists have said the infection-fighting cells are typically more durable and long lasting than antibodies.
Separate promising data released today showed Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales have reached another low and that flu and pneumonia are now killing six times as many people.
Latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the viral illnesses killed 1,013 people in England and Wales in the week up to August 7, compared to 152 patients who lost their lives to coronavirus.
Britain records 1,089 more Covid-19 cases as daily average shrinks for third day in a row - while officials post 12 deaths and figures show six times as many people are now dying from flu and pneumonia
originally posted by: Mandroid7
originally posted by: FamCore
a reply to: ChaoticOrder
Let me take a guess.... "herd immunity" only being detected at BLM/Antifa protests, or Wal Marts & Costcos, amiright?
No, we need the economic damage to focus on small businesses.
originally posted by: putnam6
I'm still backing herd immunity but think the masks and protocols slowed down the spread so it will take just a little longer to achieve