Johns Hopkins professor Dr. Marty Makary says we’ll have herd immunity by April. Dr. Makary wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial that he estimates that the U.S. will have herd immunity by then, driven by the high, but underestimated, number of people who have been infected already and vaccination. “Some medical experts privately agreed with my prediction that there may be very little Covid-19 by April but suggested that I not to talk publicly about herd immunity because people might become complacent and fail to take precautions or might decline the vaccine,” said Dr. Makary in his editorial, published Friday. “But scientists shouldn’t try to manipulate the public by hiding the truth.” Makary noted that new daily infections have declined 77 percent in the past six weeks, equating this decrease to a miracle pill. The US saw 69,288 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, compared to six weeks ago, when the seven-day rolling average of new daily infections was 247,164. Infections have been declining steadily for the past five weeks, but top health officials including Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky have warned that the progress is tenuous.
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