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Herd Immunity: Understanding COVID-19

OPEN Immunity | 21 May 2020

HE Randolph and LB Barreiro
Abstract
The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and its associated disease, COVID-19, has demonstrated the devastating impact of a novel, infectious pathogen on a susceptible population. Here, we explain the basic concepts of herd immunity and discuss its implications in the context of COVID-19.
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