WHO Says COVID-19 Herd Immunity Unlikely to Happen in 2021

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COVID-19 continues to impact our everyday lives.

While the coronavirus pandemic continues, vaccines have become more widely available in an effort to stop help the spread of the virus.

Unfortunately, herd immunity may not be achieved in 2021.

Recently, World Health Organization chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said that herd immunity is unlikely despite the vaccinations being delivered.

“Even as vaccines start protecting the most vulnerable, we’re not going to achieve any levels of population immunity or herd immunity in 2021,” Swaminathan said, via the New York Post.

“Even if it happens in a couple of pockets, in a few countries, it’s not going to protect people across the world.”

In order to reach herd immunity, it is believed that 70 percent of people will have to receive the vaccination.

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The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 22.7 million confirmed cases and 376,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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