Source: The Blaze
There are over 5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The actual number could be much higher when including Americans who have not been diagnosed or who were asymptomatic. Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the medical community might have underestimated the number of asymptomatic cases of COVID-19.
A pandemic analyst contends that all of those positive cases could be enabling herd immunity that could be slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in the southern United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an updated guidance this week that noted people who have recovered from COVID-19 are likely safe from coronavirus for three months.
Researchers in Singapore released a peer-reviewed study that found 23 patients who recovered from SARS in 2003 all retained memory T-cells from the original pathogen in their systems 17 years later. This has provided scientists some hope that COVID-19 may also produce similar T-cells that enable long-term immunity.
As the virus spreads, the population develops an immunity to it. States in the Sun Belt, such as Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas, experienced a spike of coronavirus cases in June and July. Those same states have seen a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks.
Pandemic analyst Trevor Bedford from the University of Washington believes these states are having their coronavirus cases drop because the “population immunity may be contributing to curbing COVID-19 in Florida, Arizona and Texas, where recent surges have resulted in substantial epidemics.”
In a thread of 16 tweets, Bedford presented a case that these states had achieved herd immunity and that the coronavirus wasn’t finding people who weren’t previously exposed to the respiratory disease.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is not in favor of achieving herd immunity by allowing the coronavirus to spread throughout the country unchecked.
“If everyone contracted it, even with the relatively high percentage of people without symptoms…a lot of people are going to die,” Fauci said during an Instagram interview with actor Matthew McConaughey on Thursday.
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