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March 17, 2020
Could natural immunity defeat COVID-19 in the USA?
Following the wisdom of mothers in the days of my childhood would be far less costly and disruptive than what is being done today to contain the Wuhan Virus, and it might be more effective. Back then, in the late 1950s, I remember my mother sending me to play with a neighbor kid who'd broken out with chickenpox. She wanted me to get infected so I would become immune. Sure enough, a few days later, I developed chickenpox and a short time later, I was immune for life. Large numbers of mothers doing the same thing helped limit the spread of the disease by developing "herd immunity," where infection rates dropped because the contagion was finding few non-resistant people to infect and transmit it. That helped control the spread of the disease before we had a vaccine. That's quite a contrast with the draconian public restrictions being imposed by our nation's leaders and the economic upheaval being caused by our...(Read Full Post)