H is for…..Herd Immunity

18th September 2020

Have you heard of immunity? If not, then go and read ‘I is for…..Immune System’ and then come back. If you want to, that is.

But what is herd immunity? Webmd defines it thus:

Herd immunity, or community immunity, is when a large part of the population of an area is immune to a specific disease. If enough people are resistant to the cause of a disease, such as a virus or bacteria, it has nowhere to go.

While not every single individual may be immune, the group as a whole has protection. This is because there are fewer high-risk people overall. The infection rates drop, and the disease peters out.

Herd immunity protects at-risk populations. These include babies and those whose immune systems are weak and can’t get resistance on their own.

From the link:

https://www.webmd.com/lung/what-is-herd-immunity#1

This all sounds fine and dandy, but is it true? How do they know? I have made it clear that viruses are poisons, and you don’t become resistant to poisons. You can protect yourself by not eating them or avoiding, if possible, being injected.

But your own body makes ‘poisons’ in the form of waste products, such as pee and pooh. And carbon dioxide. Hold your breath too long and you will die of asphyxiation. Don’t go to the loo and you will get constipated or your bladder will burst!

The only way to protect your body otherwise is to maintain a healthy immune system. And that depends on the individual, not the group or ‘herd’.

And if a population is generally healthy because, as a rule they eat well, then that has nothing to do with so-called ‘herd immunity’. There is the Bloomberg Global Health Index on line which lists countries by health based on certain criteria. Here’s a link:

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/healthiest-countries

Quite why each country is listed in its position I don’t know, but Spain comes out top. Perhaps because they get plenty of sun (vitamin D) and have a good diet. Including olive oil – which also has vitamin D. And wine to make the heart glad, which helps you feel better and relieves stress.

Of course, they also are known for the word mañana. Tomorrow, perhaps, I don’t know, who cares? If you are not stressed out then you will relax and live long and prosper. You will annoy others, mind you. And no doubt shorten their life expectancy as a result.

Norway is high up the list, despite being far north, where the sun don’t shine so much. Except perhaps in the long summer months. But they do have a long coastline, and have typically a good fish diet to compensate on vitamin D. This link is interesting.

http://www.eatingwell.com/article/2059929/i-tried-the-nordic-diet-in-norway-heres-what-i-learned/

As regards unhealthy countries these links are also interesting.

https://www.businessinsider.com/most-unhealthy-countries-in-the-world-2017-9?op=1&r=US&IR=T#1-czech-republic-the-czech-republic-is-the-most-unhealthy-country-in-the-world-ranking-fifth-for-alcohol-consumption-and-11th-for-tobacco-use-some-291-of-the-population-is-also-obese-21

https://www.businessinsider.com/most-unhealthy-countries-in-the-world-2017-9?op=1&r=US&IR=T#20-ukraine-the-country-took-joint-eighth-place-for-alcohol-consumption-each-resident-consumes-the-equivalent-of-128-litres-of-pure-alcohol-every-year-1

But it all depends on what you are looking at. And life is complex, and there are many factors to be considered. You cannot have a ‘One size fits all’. Each person is an individual, with different circumstances, stresses, diet, lifestyle etc. These will vary from good to bad, or diabolical.

And the diabolical, from diabollos in Greek, is what the Devil is. Who is always behind the world’s problems. Bollos means ‘balls’, so it is quite fair to say the Devil balls things up.

So herd immunity is also a load of ……..rubbish. The idea should be kicked like a ball into the sea and lost forever.

And good riddance.

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P.S. For those that like surveys here is a link to the official Covid 19 Opinion Poll Survey Form. I can recommend it for people to fill in if they have nothing better to do. It is very short.    Covid 19 opinion poll survey form

You can even paste and print and pass out to people (if you can stretch that far) for them to try. The worst they can do is drop it like the discarded masks and rubber gloves one sees.

P.P.S. If you want to know more about Covid 19 please see Covid 19 Summary