We Know the Problem. What’s the Cure? Herd Immunity.

I write from the perspective of an older adult who has serious underlying medical conditions who might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Reference: 

I write to you who are NOT in one of the categories of People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) days ago launched a series of studies to get better data on actual infections. Reference: https://bit.ly/39VW37w

There are people walking among us who have been infected with only mild symptoms and fully recovered.

“Understand that 80 percent of people have mild symptoms and children have virtually no symptoms but are carrying the [COVID-19] virus and can spread it. So this is a circumstance where that piece of news is deceptive and we need to be aware, particularly in the face of the fact that we have very limited testing capability, that we don’t really know how widespread this is right now.” – Morris Gessouroun, MD, Chair of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK. Reference: https://bit.ly/3b7uVE9

To my knowledge, there are at least two ways to become immune to COVID-19. The natural way is by actually becoming infected and developing antigens. The other way is immunization but that isn’t available at this time.

Here is encouragement from an expert who says lock-downs prolong the disease, epidemiologist Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, longtime head of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design at the Rockefeller University in New York City.

“[W]hat people are trying to do is flatten the curve. I don’t really know why. But, what happens is if you flatten the curve, you also prolong, to widen it, and it takes more time. And I don’t see a good reason for a respiratory disease to stay in the population longer than necessary.

With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity. About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus, and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected, or they had very, very mild symptoms, especially if they are children. So, it’s very important to keep the schools open and kids mingling to spread the virus to get herd immunity as fast as possible, and then the elderly people, who should be separated, and the nursing homes should be closed during that time, can come back and meet their children and grandchildren after about 4 weeks when the virus has been exterminated.” Reference https://bit.ly/2Xkxaj5

Here’s my proposition. I’ll stay indoors if the rest of you go outdoors and resume your productive lives.

Going outdoors is what stops every respiratory disease’ – So, why are public parks closed?

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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