As World Battles Pandemic, Here’s How We Can Reach Herd Immunity

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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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    • Last Updated: September 16, 2020, 12: 17 PM IST
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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.

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