Why Herd Immunity Wont Save Us : Short Wave – NPR

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Herd immunity. Its the idea that enough people end up being unsusceptible to an infectious illness that its no longer most likely to spread. It makes good sense in theory. But as NPRs Geoff Brumfiel tells us, the truth, in this coronavirus pandemic, is possibly complete of threat and probably unreachable. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org. This episode was produced by Abby Wendle, fact-checked by Berly McCoy, and edited by Viet Le.

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