Frontline healthcare experts explain why ‘herd immunity’ is not a solution for COVID19

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INDIANAPOLIS — Doctors and healthcare experts working on the frontlines of the pandemic insist the idea of “herd immunity” is not the solution to end this pandemic. Physicians explain it depends on the virus to achieve herd immunity, but data shows people can catch COVID-19 again, though that is rare.

“Right now, it appears as though the natural immunity to the virus wears off after three months or so,” Dr. Christopher Doehring, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Franciscan Health said.

Besides not knowing how long a person is immune following a COVID-19 case, the healthcare systems could not handle an even greater spread of COVID-19.

“We’ve seen that this virus can spread far, and it can spread wide,” Kristen Kelley, Nursing Director of Infection Prevention at IU Health, said. “When that happens, our hospitals can easily become overwhelmed. We are all struggling right now as all the hospitals in the city are struggling with really high case volumes of COVID. It concerns us as medical professionals to think about what we would have to deal with and potentially see if this virus is just allowed to run amuck.”

For COVID-19, unlike other viruses, doctors do not know how much …

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