In a letter, 80 researchers argued that herd immunity is 'a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence.'
WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, along with dozens of researchers, are criticizing a declaration by a group of scientists that supports the concept of “herd immunity,” which the White House is using to bolster a push to reopen schools and businesses.
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Fauci says backing herd immunity — the idea that a disease will stop spreading once nearly everybody has contracted it — is “total nonsense.”
The top U.S. infectious disease expert says: “If you talk to anybody who has any experience in epidemiology and infectious diseases, they will tell you that that is risky and you’ll wind up with many more infections of vulnerable people, which will lead to hospitalizations and death,” he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday. “So I think that we’ve just got to look that square in the eye and say it’s nonsense.”
Fauci's comments came following a memorandum and petition published Oct. 4, called the Great Barrington Declaration, that called for the world to embrace herd immunity as a way to tackle COVID-19.
In response, 80 scientific researchers published a letter in The Lancet journal that agreed with Fauci and argued herd immunity is "a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence." Read more at kiiitv