https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/13/herd-immunity-will-the-uks-coronavirus-strategy-work  

So  this is the uk’s plan!

Is it the best idea that 60%+ of us catch it ?

Herd immunity is a phrase normally used when large numbers of children have been vaccinated against a disease like measles, reducing the chances that others will get it. As a tactic in fighting a pandemic for which there is no vaccine, it is novel – and some say alarming.

It relies on people getting the disease – in this case Covid-19 – and becoming immune as a result. Generally it is thought that those who recover will be immune, at least for now, so they won’t get it twice. 

But allowing the population to build up immunity in this way – rather than through widespread testing, tracking down the contacts of every case and isolating them, as many other countries in Asia and Europe have chosen to do – could increase the risk to the most vulnerable: older people with underlying health problems.

To reach herd immunity, about 60% of the population would need to get ill and become immune, according to Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser. Though it could need as much as 70% or more. Even scientists who understand the strategy are anxious. “I do worry that making plans that assume such a large proportion of the population will become infected (and hopefully recovered and immune) may not be the very best that we can do,” said Martin Hibberd, professor of emerging infectious disease at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 

Another strategy might be to try to contain [it] longer and perhaps long enough for a therapy to emerge that might allow some kind of treatment. This seems to be the strategy of countries such as Singapore. While this containment approach is clearly difficult (and may be impossible for many countries), it does seem a worthy goal; and those countries that can should aim to do.”

The government’s “nudge unit” seems to favour this strategy. Dr David Halpern, a psychologist who heads the Behavioural Insights Team, said on BBC News: “There’s going to be a point, assuming the epidemic flows and grows, as we think it probably will do, where you’ll want to cocoon, you’ll want to protect those at-risk groups so that they basically don’t catch the disease and by the time they come out of their cocooning, herd immunity’s been achieved in the rest of the population.” 


So, we're sacrificing some of our older population in order to avoid the measures that other countries have taken.

Interesting approach. 

If it is true this will be back on an annual basis is it a good idea to wrap ourselves in cotton wool and go through the same palaver every year? Bear in mind these things mutate, so any vaccine found for this years strain may be useless for next years. Somehow we have to develop an immunity.

EagleDay wrote:

If it is true this will be back on an annual basis is it a good idea to wrap ourselves in cotton wool and go through the same palaver every year? Bear in mind these things mutate, so any vaccine found for this years strain may be useless for next years. Somehow we have to develop an immunity.

Are you being deliberately daft?

If a vaccine won't work once the virus mutates, then by the same logic any immunity we develop now won't work either. How do you think a vaccine works? 

Magic147 wrote:

So, we're sacrificing some of our older population in order to avoid the measures that other countries have taken.

Interesting approach. 

Beats going to war in order to water the population down.

Magic147 wrote:

Are you being deliberately daft?

If a vaccine won't work once the virus mutates, then by the same logic any immunity we develop now won't work either. How do you think a vaccine works? 

So the human race is doomed then?

Magic147 wrote:

So, we're sacrificing some of our older population in order to avoid the measures that other countries have taken.

Interesting approach. 

What constitutes "elderly "?

I'm knocking on. 

EagleDay wrote:

So the human race is doomed then?

Ultimately, yes. As a result of this virus, no. 
Don't  blame me I didn't  vote tory