Rethinking needed for herd immunity against COVID-19

herd immunity against COVID-19

A rethinking is needed to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19. Meanwhile, Immunization is in full swing around the world, and multiple vaccines have come to society. But, the big question is — what will be the situation after six months or one year? Shall we be able to get back to our pre-covid life? Everybody is looking at this point. There are various discussions going on about whether Coronavirus will leave at the end of 2021 or not.

Different scientists have different opinions. Michael Osterholm, Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that good news has not been available right now. On the contrary, the rate at which people have started communicating with each other in society is likely to increase the rate of COVID-19 infection in the next six months.

Michael Osterholm is an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota. He is also a health adviser to US President Joe Biden. He says the offices are opening, the schools, colleges are opening, and the people-to-people interaction is growing more and more. Many people do not follow the COVID rules also. Many people even think that it is safe after getting vaccinated. So they are becoming reckless in following COVID protocols.

These various issues can increase the coronavirus infection curve in the next winter. The possibility of a new wave of infection is also strong. If gatherings of the people cannot be stopped, the virus may return in winter.

Scientists say mutations in the virus are very important. In the case of the COVID-19 virus, this factor is much more alarming. In fact, coronavirus is not new it has prevailed in the past. Diseases such as cough and cold are caused by infections by several species of this virus.

Genetic mutations are occurring frequently in the SARS-COV-2 that has now spread around the world. That is why so many new species of the virus are coming. There is a possibility of the third or fourth or fifth wave with other variants.

Some countries in the world have just crossed several waves of COVID-19. It is generally heard that the virus’s ability to transmit decreases with each wave. Viral strains tend to be weaker.

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