Nadine Dorries said there’s no such thing as herd immunity – only 7 responses you need
Here’s Tory MP (and health minister) Nadine Dorries giving her considered verdict on coronavirus and the possible impact (or otherwise) of herd immunity.
She was responding to a question from Arron Banks, who need not bother us anymore here, flagging up Covid cases and deaths in Sweden.
— Arron Banks (@Arron_banks) October 13, 2020
And here’s what Dorries – who used to be a nurse – had to say.
Just to recap … ‘There is no such thing as herd immunity.’
And these are the only 7 responses you need.
Nadine, actual doctor here 👋
Measles needs to have a vaccination uptake of 93% or greater for the possibility of herd immunity to kick in, and we've never been close.
Also, fun fact: measles vaccinations have saved over 21 million lives worldwide in the last 20 years.
— Dr Meenal Viz (@meenalsworld) October 13, 2020
The most moronic utterance this week – and there's been stiff competition: https://t.co/JWw1I9n6I5
— Ivor Cummins (@FatEmperor) October 13, 2020
So 100% of us get flu every year. Science. https://t.co/MDeZQQh0sT
— Alistair Haimes (@AlistairHaimes) October 13, 2020
If anyone wonders what has gone wrong in the UK, a good starting point would be scientific illiteracy in government. https://t.co/1qNGEu3fql
— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) October 14, 2020
this would be an excellent point if – and it's a tiny detail – there weren't new, small humans with no immunity being produced constantly https://t.co/gKKXVEs1kc
— Tom Chivers (@TomChivers) October 14, 2020
For the sake of our nation, I really hope the Minister’s account has been hacked because who ever tweeted that has absolutely no idea what they are talking about. https://t.co/DL0LiIPvZ5
— Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (@DrRosena) October 14, 2020
The Health Minister of State doesn't know what herd immunity means. I guess I should be surprised 🙄
Herd immunity does not mean eradication.
Herd immunity means equilibrium.
This is the basic scientific illiteracy that we are dealing with. https://t.co/Ceea5NVaLB
— Steve Brown (@stevebrown2856) October 13, 2020
To conclude …
She is LITERALLY a health minister https://t.co/NcPxHROpyX
— Marina Hyde (@MarinaHyde) October 14, 2020
To recap, herd immunity is supported by decades of scientific research and is achieved through vaccination or exposing enough of a population to a virus.
It does not require the total eradication of a disease, but happens when a large enough proportion of a population becomes immune.
And just in case Nadine is reading this, there’s a GCSE thing about herd immunity here.