North East UK news GMB's Dr Hilary Jones urges caution over herd immunity PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - He spoke about the issue on Good Morning Britain after a report suggested that having 73 percent herd immunity against coronavirus would be a success in helping to halt the spread of it
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Good Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones has shared his reservations about herd immunity and advised that achieving it would be dependant on a number of factors. He spoke about the issue on Good Morning Britain after a report suggested that having 73 percent herd immunity against coronavirus would be a success in helping to halt the spread of it. Dr Hilary explained that the public and experts could not rely on antibodies, whether it be through infection or vaccination, as the sole answer, as there are still questions over how long said antibodies last in the body. Not only that, but it still isn't clear what level of antibodies will protect someone sufficiently against Covid-19 - and how these levels compare to the protection of the vaccine, The Mirror report s. With the vaccines also not providing 100 percent protection, Hilary urged the public to remain careful as there was still a risk of transmission amid the pandemic. Read More Related Articles Disgruntled This Morning viewers make demands to bosses over hosts Read More Related Articles Gogglebox's Ellie Warner and Stephen Webb delighted over return to day jobs as restrictions lift Speaking to GMB hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins, he said: "One report said that if we get 73 percent herd immunity, then we've cracked it. "That means that people will not be passing the virus on to more than one person at a time, instead of three which is the current R rate up to now. "However, herd immunity is dependent on what is going on in different parts of the country. Some parts of the country have had so little infection, that they have got no immunity at all. "Others have got some immunity. It's a big ask to say 73 percent have either had the virus or the vaccine therefore it's okay, because vaccination isn't 100 percent and we can't rely on it.
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." On antibodies and the level of protection, he added: "Just because we've got measurable antibodies, we don't yet know what level of antibodies gives you protection against Covid-19." Charlotte suggested it could depend on how long the antibodies last and Hilary agreed, saying: "Exactly, how long it lasts and how effective those antibodies are. "There's two sets of protection. One is the antibodies measurable in the blood itself, and the other is T cell immunity which is actually cellular immunity and both are important.
"Interestingly AstraZeneca gives you better T cell immunity than antibody levels which other vaccines like Pfizer gives you. "However, there are pros and cons of different vaccines. I think it's important to realise when looking at other countries in the world, where it's assumed there was herd immunity in Brazil for example, 25-61 percent of people in their second wave of infection had previously had Covid-19 and got it again, they weren't immune. "We must not assume that just because people have been vaccinated that they have got 100 percent immunity, or that just because most of the population have been vaccinated we don't need to worry. It's not all over."
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