Herd immunity not an option for India: Government
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday said herd immunity cannot be a strategic choice or option for a country of India’s size as this would come at a huge cost in terms of lakhs of infected people and many deaths. Following social norms till a vaccine comes is the only viable option, it said.
"In a country the size of (and with) a population like India, herd immunity can’t be a strategic choice or option," the health ministry OSD said.
Herd immunity is ‘still far away and in the future’: Government
In a country the size of (and with) a population like India, herd immunity cannot be a strategic choice or option. It can only be an outcome, and that too at a very high cost, as it means lakhs of people would have to be infected, get hospitalised and many would die in the process,” officer on special duty in health ministry Rajesh Bhushan said.
The comments come in the wake of rising number of cases and arguments being advanced by some researchers that there may be hope of developing a herd immunity soon based on results of sero surveys and the overall low infection rates in India. The health ministry, however, said herd immunity is “still far away and in the future”, while emphasising that adopting a “Covid- appropriate behaviour” is the only option till a vaccine is developed. “For now, we have to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour like wearing masks, avoiding gatherings, following hand hygiene and maintaining a distance of two yards,” he said.
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Govt should stop building statues and build hospitals and ppe kits, ventilators.
Statues and Hospitals are different activities that happen together.
lockdown didn't flatten the curve ,it flatten the economy and cause migrant crisis ,we are seeing shortage of skilled labour , eventually if we get rid of virus through vaccine ,the repercussions of lockdown will be stll felt
Continuously cry regardless of whether lockdown is imposed or relaxed. And that is your only contribution
Option or no option we are moving towards it
You are right. It is not an option, but the most natural means for survival. Most people in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have already got exposed to this virus. Fortunately, only less than 1% develop any symptom. The healthcare industry has scared us unnecessarily.
In last couple of months, Govt is hardly doing anything to contain corona.
Bullcrappp... Sorry to say but herd immunity is the ONLY option for a supercrowded developing country like India... Lift lockdowns and let people earn. Elderly should protect themselves.
So you think you know more than the experts!
When millions and cores of people will be infected how goverment is going handle that. People who talk about herd immunity doesn't knows about indian population.
Even with vaccine, it will take us many years to produce that many shots and vaccinate everyone.. many urban centers will achieve herd immunity by then whether the govt wants it or not.
Indians can't speak English properly. They have the world's stupidest accent. All sound like Apu.
Dear Fake Swami: Have your heard the French, Germans, Italians pronounce English? If you had, you would not have made your "stupidest" comment.
There is now widespread community transmission across the country. There is no way that we can stop herd immunity from being realized within the next two to three months. Metros such as Delhi NCT and Mumbai have already peaked and are close to herd immunity. There is little that the go nment can do. In the regions where the rate of infection is still increasing, it is upto individuals and local communities to keep themselves safe till there is a vaccine.
Who will but vaccines if herd immunity is successful? All dirty games of pharma companies are visible.
Alien on a trip here
Having Covid19 itself in the country was not an option. Some things are beyond control, we can only take precautions and hope for the best outcome.
With the numbers increasing everyday continuously unabated, how will the pandemic going to be controlled ?
Herd immunity or not. We are going to have a couple of lakhs dead. Thats the truth.
Some people tend to believe, incorrectly though under influence of some messages doing rounds in the social media, that herd immunity has already occurred and the infection will go away by August. Such false notions will mislead people and dent the efforts by the go nment to control the virus.
All so called experts pretends that they know well, in fact they are like every common man. One day say no, next day say another. WHO is a good example. TB got vaccine, still that is second highest death in the world, why?
cases of infection and recovery are doubling in 20 days. of the trend continues, by February 21 everyone in India will get infected and all will recover by 1st week of April 21. however during this journey India will lose 15-20 lacs of people