British scientists reject the idea of `herd immunity` 2

British scientists reject the idea of `herd immunity` 2

British scientists urged the government to apply stricter measures to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic, instead of the herd immunity strategy.

British scientists urged the government to apply stricter measures to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic, instead of the herd immunity strategy.

In an open letter, a group of 229 scientists from British universities said that the current `herd immunity` approach would put increased strain on the British national health service (NHS) and `

The scientists who signed the letter also criticized comments by the British government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, about `herd immunity`.

Scientific advisor Patrick Vallance (left) and Medical Advisor Chris Whitty.

In the letter, the scientists also questioned the government’s view that people would become frustrated with restrictions if the measures were imposed too soon.

The letter was posted on the same day the UK announced 10 more deaths due to Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 21.

Britain’s approach to dealing with the Covid-19 epidemic contrasts with other countries in Europe.

“Ineffective” measures

The group of scientists, although not including leading experts on infectious diseases, say the current measures being taken by the UK government are ineffective and more tough measures are needed.

On March 13, Advisor Patrick proposed the idea of controlling the spread of the disease so that the population can create an immune mechanism against the disease as part of the government’s strategy.

This idea is known as “herd immunity”.

However, in the open letter, scientists say that implementing `herd immunity` at this point does not appear to be a solid option.

“Freedom of release” (no interference, release naturally)

According to Professor Willem van Schaik of the University of Birmingham, a scientist who signed the open letter, to achieve herd immunity, this means that in the UK alone, at least 36 million people must be infected and recovered.

“It’s impossible to predict what that will mean for human lives, but we predict tens of thousands of deaths, even hundreds of thousands of deaths,” he said.

“The only way to make this work is to let millions of people get sick over a relatively long period of time so the NHS doesn’t become overwhelmed.”

Professor van Schaik emphasized that Britain is the only country in Europe that is following what he describes as “free  delegation” regarding the Covid epidemic

However, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs said that Advisor Patrick’s comments were misinterpreted.

“Herd immunity is not part of our action plan, but a natural byproduct of the epidemic.

“Our awareness of the likely level of immunity in the country in the coming months will help make planning and response as accurate and effective as possible,” the spokesperson added.

In a separate letter to the government, more than 200 scientists also questioned the government’s claim that rolling out stricter measures too soon would lead to people quickly becoming discouraged and unresponsive.

Scientists also emphasize the need to make scientific findings public if they are to be used as the basis for a high-risk public health strategy.

In addition, the second letter also said that experiences in China and Korea are also worth trying.

According to Hoang Pham

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