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Why swarm immunity won’t save us: Shortwave: NPR



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A man wearing a protective mask walks with tourists as they line up to board a boat in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Herd immunity. The idea is that enough people become immune to an infectious disease that is no longer contagious. It makes sense in theory. But as NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel told us, in fact, in this pandemic of coronavirus, it’s potentially risky and probably unattainable.

Email the program at shortwave@npr.org.

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


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