There has been much recent discussion by the President and others touting “herd immunity” as the way to go to conquer COVID-19 in the United States. Dr. Scott Atlas has been hyping this theory on Fox and other media and is a new advisor to President Trump on this matter. Trump likes this idea because it allows him to do nothing in response to the virus — what he has always wanted. Remember his early comments such as “it will wash over the country” referring to the virus?
However, there are a number of problems concerning promoting natural herd immunity, especially for this novel virus.