‘Open up everything!’ Michigan GOP’s push for herd immunity on COVID

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“Maybe what we should do is just unleash the Kraken — you know, let the kids go to school, to college. Open up everything. Stop this crazy testing — unless somebody gets sick, then test them and treat them,” he said. “But just let the pandemic do what it does.”Ognjan’s view — dismissed as unethical and deadly by many in the medical establishment — appears to align with that of a top state Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey of Clarklake. Shirkey has pushed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for months to robustly open Michigan’s economy, arguing that it’s fantasy to believe COVID-19 can be contained by state mandates. The state, Shirkey argues, should allow the coronavirus to spread in the hopes of achieving “herd immunity.”  Related stories:“Nobody should be misled here or of the opinion that you can keep it from spreading — it’s going to spread, so we just do the best we can,” he told MLive after a weekend rally protesting COVID restrictions. “I’m also a big believer that there’s an element of herd immunity that needs to take place.”Herd immunity as a pandemic strategy has gained steam among (mostly) conservative politicians and a minority …

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