With Coronavirus continuing to spike globally, herd immunity remains a top goal in the effort to harness the pandemic. However, citing three separate studies, Dr. William Haseltine—the chair and president of ACCESS Health International, and a former professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health—told CNN that he’s concerned that lasting immunity may not exist. People who have been infected with Covid-19 could see their immunity decline within months. He said this coronavirus is like similar coronaviruses that give us colds. They are different from other viruses like measles and mumps, which offer immunity for life once you get them. With the cold viruses, your body ‘forgets’ it was ever infected.
In a poll of about 200 global Sermo physicians, 75% responded that they agree with Dr. Haseltine: based on the studies, herd immunity from the coronavirus may not be achievable. If this is true, and lasting immunity does not occur, 82% fear the Coronavirus may be more challenging to fight than previously thought. Here’s more of what Sermo physicians have to say on this topic: