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Experts advise against herd immunity for Uganda

By Betty Amamukirori

Added 22nd May 2020 05:25 PM

However, medical experts and epidemiologists argue that this cannot be a viable option for Uganda, where the health system is not vibrant and there is a large number of the population suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.

Experts advise against herd immunity for Uganda

However, medical experts and epidemiologists argue that this cannot be a viable option for Uganda, where the health system is not vibrant and there is a large number of the population suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.

COVID-19

With the fear of the negative economic impact of a lockdown, as a preventive measure against coronavirus disease, some of the developed economies are exploring the herd immunity option to dealing with the pandemic.

However, medical experts and epidemiologists argue that this cannot be a viable option for Uganda, where the health system is not vibrant and there is a large number of the population suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of public health, says depending on how contagious an infection is, usually 70% to 90% of a population needs immunity to achieve herd immunity.

In the New Vision today, find out what it is and what options Uganda has. Click on Epaper for your copy

 

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