OPINIONThe Editorial Board, USA TODAY Published 8:09 p.m. ET Oct. 22, 2020 | Updated 9:20 a.m. ET Oct. 23, 2020Our View: ‘Focused protection’ by three scientists’ Great Barrington Declaration offers president a convenient solution.CLOSE Without masks and a vaccine, we could reach Herd Immunity from COVID-19, but deaths would skyrocket. We break down the science of it. USA TODAYA White House struggling to show competence as a pandemic surges in the midst of a reelection campaign has been offered a remarkable solution: Do next to nothing, and everything will be just fine.The fix bandied about in the Oval Office, according to news reports, involves a concept known as herd immunity. Epidemiologists say proper herd immunity is the goal of a new vaccine, where widespread immunization slows the spread of a disease until it eventually dies out. What’s being discussed in the White House is a variant of this. It argues that while waiting for a vaccine, pandemic restrictions should be lifted on Americans thought to be at minimal risk of death from COVID-19 — like younger people — allowing them to “live their lives normally” and risk infection. The resulting cascade of theoretically mild cases, the argument goes, would use natural infection to hasten the same necessary herd immunity.’Pixie


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