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The novel coronavirus pandemic has actually brought “herd immunity” to the general public awareness, kindling hope the phenomenon can help slow and even end the outbreak.
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The novel coronavirus pandemic has actually brought “herd resistance” to the public awareness, kindling hope the phenomenon can help slow or even end the outbreak.
Herd immunity refers to a large part of a neighborhood developing a degree of immunity to an infection, thereby minimizing person-to-person spread.
Vaccination can provide prevalent resistance much faster and more dependably.
Experts think if no other steps are taken, herd resistance might kick in when 50% to 70% of a population gains immunity through vaccination.
Up until a vaccine is developed, wearing masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene can assist lower transmission and contribute to creating herd resistance.