Two divergent articles on herd immunity happen to publish this week, but they could not be more different. One is from the Wall Street Journal and it includes a video that really does a good job of explaining herd immunity and how it can be achieved. It includes narration from a couple of different individuals including an enthusiastic associate professor from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. I strongly recommend viewing it.
On the other hand, a two part review of herd immunity by Groff Brumfiel from NPR seems to come from the “it will never happen” school. He seems to focus only on people who don’t believe herd immunity is achievable, and even quotes disgraced researcher Neil Ferguson from imperial College in London. It also includes a section on COVID-19 reinfection that has several inaccuracies and has no references from recent studies refuting this concept.
Remarkably, both sets of articles come to the conclusion that the quickest way to herd immunity would be through a vaccine. The way they present their arguments, however, could not be more different.