Herd immunity

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An idiot’s guide to T cells

September 30, 2020 10:43 am

Two experts from the La Jolla Institute of Immunology describe their groundbreaking work on COVID-19

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The growing case for T cell COVID immunity

September 19, 2020 12:14 pm

Several studies bring into question a central assumption of the global response to COVID-19

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We may be closer to herd immunity than previously thought

September 3, 2020 8:38 am

Are we fearing a ‘second wave’ which our immune systems already have well in hand?


Coronavirus cases are mounting in Europe but deaths remain stable. Why?

September 2, 2020 9:27 am

We appear to have the reality of viral circulation

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The coronavirus immunity riddle

August 27, 2020 9:32 am

Our bodies’ defenses work in ways we still don’t understand

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Has this Brazilian city reached herd immunity without lockdown?

August 26, 2020 11:02 am

Perhaps it is time for governments to start looking at real world evidence, rather than just models

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Dying of COVID vs dying with COVID

August 25, 2020 11:17 am

Swedish authorities are trying to find the answer


Was Sweden’s refusal to lockdown a gruesome mistake?

August 14, 2020 12:49 pm

Over the first half of the year the Swedish economy shrank by a little less than did Denmark’s

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T-cell immunity can last for 17 years, study shows

July 16, 2020 11:06 am

The vaccine race between Oxford/AstraZeneca and its rivals is a battle to stay ahead of the curve

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Is COVID herd immunity closer than we think?

June 30, 2020 9:17 am

A Swedish study found that 30 percent of blood donors had an immune response to COVID-19 in their T cells


Is this why Germany has escaped lightly from coronavirus?

May 31, 2020 2:48 pm

It is hard to explain different death rates simply by the different approaches taken by governments


Immunity to coronavirus may be far more widespread than thought

May 30, 2020 12:08 pm

If some of the population have a degree of resistance thanks to previous infection with other coronaviruses then the numbers change


Lockdowns are as contagious as COVID

May 21, 2020 9:23 pm

Once short-term deaths become the yardstick by which policies are judged, it is difficult to steer a different course

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‘Herd immunity’ is impossible without a vaccine

May 20, 2020 11:36 pm

The trouble with coronaviruses is that they have evolved to keep re-infecting us

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Trump picks a Swedish model

May 19, 2020 3:12 pm

As with reindeer, immunity is in the herd


COVID-19: the bluffer’s guide

May 12, 2020 11:28 am

‘That’s the viral test. I’m talking about the antibody test’

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The trouble with British immunity passports

May 4, 2020 11:20 am

Creating any system that dishes out a biological status is going to create a series of ethical quandaries


Should we be testing everyone in Britain?

April 30, 2020 12:00 am

Only the infectious would have to be kept at home


Could the lockdown have side-effects no one has considered?

April 29, 2020 11:24 pm

This virus is still evolving

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Could this antibody test offer Britain a route out of lockdown?

April 24, 2020 9:42 am

Over the next few days, testing kits are being sent to 20,000 randomly-selected households

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Ian McEwan: the strange vocabulary of coronavirus

April 23, 2020 9:22 am

We all know about ‘flattening the curve’, but are you comfortable yet with ‘fomite’?

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Boris’s difficult decision: when should lockdown be lifted?

April 22, 2020 11:10 pm

The COVID crisis has split the cabinet into two groups


The Swedish experiment looks like it’s paying off

April 20, 2020 5:53 pm

As the world went into lockdown, Sweden opted for a different approach


Massachusetts study finds a third of sample have COVID-19 antibodies

April 20, 2020 9:44 am

Several studies suggest that COVID-19 is far more prevalent — and correspondingly less deadly — than has been widely assumed

A restaurant in Stockholm during Covid-19, Credit: Getty

Will Sweden’s social distancing-lite work?

April 19, 2020 1:12 pm

Epidemiologists are themselves deeply divided on how to handle coronavirus