Herd Immunity

Angie Szumlinski News

Herd immunity is the point where there’s enough people that have been either infected or vaccinated that you basically can’t sustain transmission in the community and if one case leads to less than one new infection, then eventually it can’t be sustained. Estimates vary on how much of the population needs to have immunity to reach that goal. Dr. Anthony …

Herd Immunity

Angie Szumlinski News

The key to herd immunity is that, even if a person becomes infected, there are too few susceptible hosts around to maintain transmission; those who have been vaccinated or have already had the infection cannot contract and spread the virus. A vaccine’s ability to block transmission doesn’t need to be 100% to make a difference. Even 70% effectiveness would be …

Nursing Home – Herd Immunity

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The State of Louisiana Department of Public Health has been publishing the nursing home Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) statistics of the 281 nursing homes in the state since April 18, 2020. The following are the results of the analysis of these data. A database was created containing the name of the facility, the initial census, the COVID prevalence, and the …

Misinformation – COVID-19 Vaccines

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

Conspiracy theories and misinformation fuel mistrust in vaccines and could push levels that potential COVID-19 vaccines are taken in the United States and Britain below the rates needed to protect communities against the disease, according to a new study. The study of 8,000 people in the two countries found that fewer people would “definitely” take a COVID-19 vaccine than the …

Herd Immunity – Vaccines – Mask Forever?

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

Dr. Anthony Fauci displayed his trademark bluntness in an address to the medical community at Thomas Jefferson University, warning against premature hopes of “herd immunity” to COVID-19. It remains a puzzle why some people get very sick yet most do not and it remains difficult to predict which are which although genetics and previous exposures to viruses may both play …