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Los Angeles County’s top health officer on Thursday, Oct. 15, added his voice to those condemning a recently released proposal that essentially calls for a resumption of normal activities for all but those at highest risk of contracting COVID-19, in theory promoting “herd immunity” to the virus.“There’s been a lot of discussion among our public heath and health sciences communities and they have unambiguously rejected this declaration, and this approach would unnecessarily sacrifice many lives,” county Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said of the so-called Great Barrington Declaration. “There’s no evidence that we in the United States are close to herd immunity, as 85 to 90% of the population is still at risk for becoming infected with COVID-19.”
The declaration, backed by an economic research institution in Massachusetts, essentially calls for those at low risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus to return to pre-pandemic life, while those at high risk — the elderly and those with underlying health conditions — stay home to reduce their risk of infection. The proposal espouses the idea that the virus will spread through the low-risk population most likely to survive the infection, leading to a naturally occurring immune response.
Davis, echoing criticism that …
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