Thing about the "herd immunity" debate is, there isn't one. Herd immunity was discarded by WHO virologists and epidemiologists and their US/UK counterparts. So why are we still talking about it?

Thank right-wing think-tanks, awash in corporate money.


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The Hoover Institute and the American Institute for Economic Research have coordinated with the Trump administration to promote this idea. Hoover's Scott Atlas is on Trump's covid task force and his idea of scientific debate is threatening to sue scientists.

The majority of support for herd immunity comes from three scientists: Martin Kulldorff (Harvard Med), Sunetra Gupta (Oxford epidemiology) and theex-Hooverites Jay Bhattacharya (Stanford).


These three convened the meeting that produced the "Great Barrington Declaration" arguing for herd immunity - a declaration whose signatories include many obvious fakes ("Dr Johnny Bananas").

And these three are cited by GOP governors and local pols for their refusal to implement lockdowns, mask orders and other evidence-based, life-saving measures.


Like tobacco apologists of the fifties, they're selling doubt, and corporate-friendly politicians are buying.

Herd immunity is bad science, but it's good for business. Tossing low-waged workers into a viral meat-grinder "keeps the economy going" - which is to say, it keeps billionaires' fortunes intact.

Remember, if they need you to risk your life to make their fortunes, then you - not they - are the reason they have that fortune to begin with.


@pluralistic a lot of words from someone who gets paid without having to step out of the house

@pluralistic the "mainstream" social networks such as FB, Quora, etc seems to be promoting a sentiment that COVID is nothing to worry about. That's what my rather coolheaded spouse noticed lately, and she has a professional interest in the topic, doing research in collective decision making, e.g. voting, etc.

"Herd immunity" might not be good science, but irrespective of that, it doesn't even make sense to talk about "herd immunity" when _no one_ has any immunity. These wackos doen't even understand the bad science they're citing!

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