Concept of COVID Herd Immunity rescuing Americans is 'Nonsense,' Fauci Says

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The concept of herd immunity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is "nonsense," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, says.

Herd immunity -- the theory that a disease will stop spreading once nearly everybody has contracted it -- is being pushed by the Trump administration as a way to reopen schools and businesses, the Associated Press reported.

A group of scientists released a declaration that supports herd immunity, but Fauci warned against it.

"If you talk to anybody who has any experience in epidemiology and infectious diseases, they will tell you that that is risky and you'll wind up with many more infections of vulnerable people, which will lead to hospitalizations and death," he said on Good Morning America on Thursday, the AP reported.

"So I think that we've just got to look that square in the eye and say it's nonsense," Fauci said.

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