By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Hungry for good news on the pandemic? One epidemiologist believes Americans might reach herd immunity to the new coronavirus as soon as late spring.
That’s the view held by Suzanne Judd, a professor with the school of public health at the University of Alabama (UA) at Birmingham. To come to that conclusion, she reviewed recent research and data from her home state.
“I really am starting to feel like we are seeing the edge of the woods, like we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” Judd said during a Wednesday media briefing.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, herd immunity occurs when enough people in a community are protected from getting a disease because they’ve already had the disease or because they’ve been vaccinated.
Scientists largely believe “enough people” means 72% of the American public developing immunity to the coronavirus, Judd said, though she…
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