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Why herd immunity will not spare us: Shortwave: NPR



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A man wearing a protective mask walks near the passengers as they line up to board a boat in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP via Getty Images

Herd immunity. It is the idea that enough people become immune to an infectious disease that is no longer likely to spread. It makes sense theoretically. But as NPR Geoff Brumfiel tells us, the reality, in this coronavirus pandemic, is potentially risky and possibly unattainable.

Email us at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Abby Wendle, fact-checked by Berly McCoy, and edited by Viet Le.


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