Tuesday, 28 June, 2022
TopicHerd immunity

Topic: herd immunity

Why India will not see a big second wave of Covid-19

Last August, I estimated that Covid-19 will end its epidemic phase in India by January 2021. It appears that this prediction was not too far off the mark.

Majority Indians have natural immunity. Vaccinating entire population can cause great harm

For recovered Covid patients, the vaccines provide no benefit and some harm. It is thus unethical to vaccinate them.

‘We want them infected’ — Trump official pushed for ‘herd immunity’ strategy, emails show

Paul Alexander, a senior adviser at the Department of Health and Humans Services, encouraged adoption of a policy to increase the number of infections among young adults.

Herd immunity is a mystery, Sweden’s top epidemiologist says

Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell says herd immunity does slow down virus transmission but it hasn't been clear to what extent the rates are reduced and how large that effect it.

Covid immune response is long-lasting, could protect people for even decades, US study says

The study, yet to be peer-reviewed, analysed multiple types of immune cells in 185 Covid cases, including 41 patients who had recovered before the study.

Why India must vaccinate 80% of population by December 2021 — no matter what the cost

The aim of 80% vaccination is neither too high nor too low.

Social media conversations supporting herd immunity driven by bots, says study

The investigation, conducted by the Federation of American Scientists, found a 'high-level of bot-like behaviour' in support of the Great Barrington Declaration on social media.

Why the world is struggling to determine the threshold of Covid herd immunity

Looking at the trajectories of the Covid pandemic, there doesn’t seem to be enough evidence to make confident pronouncements about what the real-world herd immunity threshold is.

Social distancing or herd immunity? A combination of both needed to contain Covid

The US desperately needs a solid strategy unlike what the Trump administration has in place — doing almost nothing and telling people the disease will go away.

India’s Covid data like counting potholes under streetlights. There are far more in the dark

The Covid-19 pandemic is both an information problem and a health problem.

On Camera

YourTurn

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray | ANI File Photo

Uddhav Thackeray’s failing trapeze act on secularism-Hindutva has lessons for other parties

The crisis in Shiv Sena shows the dilemma in Indian politics today — go the Hindutva way to compete with BJP or keep it Hindutva Lite like AAP or Hindutva Zero like TMC.
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Gig economy booming, workers will triple to 2.35 crore by 2030, says Niti Aayog report

Niti Aayog report finds concentration of workers rising in low- and high-skilled categories, maximum share in retail trade and sales.

Defence

The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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