Is herd immunity still possible?
Researchers across the nation debate the future of COVID-19 and whether we can get back to 'normal.'
(KLKN) — “Herd immunity” is the pandemic finish line the nation has been striving for. But, researchers say it may not be possible.
The concept of herd immunity implies that COVID-19 will no longer be able to thrive once a high percentage- above 60%- of the population is vaccinated.
“People were getting confused and thinking you’re never going to get the infections down until you reach this mystical level of herd immunity, whatever that number is,” commented Dr. Antony Fauci.
In fact, experts say the virus’ mutations may mean the fight against COVID-19 will be constant.
But that’s not all.
Nature, a science journal, says the reports that herd immunity was also becoming increasingly unlikely because so many people were deciding to pass on the vaccine. Plus, it is still unclear how long the vaccines will protect us and whether booster shots will be needed.
With these factors in mind, researchers say COVID-19 will likely become an endemic disease, constantly present like the flu.
This does not mean getting vaccinated is futile. The shot still minimizes the risk for severe symptoms and turns the rouge virus into a controllable threat.