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Herd Immunity

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Senator Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Joe Biden for president today.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari says predictions that the economy would swiftly recover beginning in the third quarter were wrong and the economy could see multiple shutdowns over time.

“This could be a long, hard road that we have ahead of us until we get to either an effective therapy or a vaccine,” he said, according to a CBS transcript. “It’s hard for me to see a V-shaped recovery under that scenario.” [...]

“We could have these waves of flare-ups, controls, flare-ups and controls until we actually get a therapy or a vaccine,” Kashkari said.

Finally, this is concerning -- World Health Organization (WHO) officials say not everyone infected by COVID-19 actually develops immunity to it when they recover.

World Health Organization officials said Monday not all people who recover from the coronavirus have the antibodies to fight a second infection, raising concern that patients may not develop immunity after surviving Covid-19.

A preliminary study of patients in Shanghai found that some patients had “no detectable antibody response” while others had a very high response, said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s lead scientist on Covid-19. Whether the patients who had a strong antibody response were immune to a second infection is “a separate question,” she added.