Why Herd Immunity Wont Save Us : Short Wave – NPR

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Herd resistance. Its the concept that sufficient people become immune to a transmittable illness that its no longer likely to spread out. It makes good sense in theory. But as NPRs Geoff Brumfiel informs us, the reality, in this coronavirus pandemic, is possibly loaded with threat and probably unreachable.

This episode was produced by Abby Wendle, fact-checked by Berly McCoy, and edited by Viet Le.