Can we rely on ‘herd immunity’ to get rid of COVID-19 in Florida?

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Scientists say, right now, the state isn’t even close.

TAMPA, Fla — Experts are worried about pandemic fatigue setting in. Especially now that nearly everything is either opened or re-opening here in Florida.

There’s concern over people potentially getting COVID-19 again as the U.S. reported its first reinfection case this week.

Many are turning to “herd immunity” to get rid of the virus in the state. That would mean the population has essentially become immune to a disease, making it harder to spread person-to-person.

“So there are basically three different ways that you can develop herd immunity. Number one is to have COVID, number two is to have a vaccine, there is no vaccine for COVID, number three is immunity from mom. So if you were born to a mother who had COVID, the potential exists that you could have immunity to it,” Dr. Jill Roberts said.

The infectious disease expert with the University of South Florida says right now 3-4% of Florida’s population has been infected with over 740,000 cases reported. 

If we want to reach a level of herd immunity, infectious disease experts say 70-95% of the population needs to have COVID-19 antibodies.

“There’s not a chance that we’re …

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