No herd immunity for you

We can’t have herd immunity because people are too stupid.

Early in the pandemic, when vaccines for the coronavirus were still just a glimmer on the horizon, the term “herd immunity” came to signify the endgame: the point when enough Americans would be protected from the virus so we could be rid of the pathogen and reclaim our lives.

Now, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a vaccine. But daily vaccination rates are slipping, and there is widespread consensus among scientists and public health experts that the herd immunity threshold is not attainable — at least not in the foreseeable future, and perhaps not ever.

Instead, they are coming to the conclusion that rather than making a long-promised exit, the virus will most likely become a manageable threat that will continue to circulate in the United States for years to come, still causing hospitalizations and deaths but in much smaller numbers.

Like car crashes and flu and diabetes, I suppose.

The sad joke is, the more modest goal will be another reason for people to decide not to get vaccinated, which will make the modest goal harder to reach.

The endpoint has changed, but the most pressing challenge remains the same: persuading as many people as possible to get the shot.

So it’s too bad that so many “influencers” are shouting on social media that it’s all a deep state plot, or even Nazism.

“Kapos” ffs.

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