The outbreak of coronavirus has taken the world in a panic state. The number of patients infected by coronavirus is day by day increasing, and now, the situation has become very critical. It is said that there are only three ways to fight the situation. Let us discuss the three ways now –
- Be restrictive. Don’t move freely. Check your movement. Avoid any kind of gathering. This may be harder because the virus has already infected more than hundred countries.
- Currently, a vaccine is all to eliminate this virus from the body. Though scientists are giving their maximum efforts to develop a vaccine, they are predicting that it may still take more than a year to develop a vaccine which can eliminate COVID-19.
- This way is effective but horrible, which is herd immunity.
But what about Herd Immunity? Can it affect coronavirus?
Herd Immunity is a condition where people start developing their immune system to fight the infection effectively. Immunity may come from vaccines or from people who are carrying the virus. This is where is would be said that people are immune.
Since more and more people are getting infected by COVID-19, there will be a chance that their body will develop its fighting ability against the virus. So, a lot of people may recover and will become immune to future infection.
On an average, an infected person infects approximately two or three people. If I consider this, then when there will be 70% infected and recovered people, the chances of further outbreak will decrease. Furthermore, people will also be more resistant to infection. This is herd immunity.
If we don’t take any necessary steps, then herd immunity will soon appear, and around 50 to 70 per cent people will be resistant to the novel coronavirus.
Matthew Baylis is a professor at Institution of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences of Liverpool University. He says that there is no need to happen things in this way.