Health experts push back on natural herd immunity ‘fringe theory’

October 16, 2020

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A woman is shown wearing a visor and face mask while walking past a poster with guidance on stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

A woman wearing a face mask walks by a social distancing sign at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 16, 2020.


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There's a fringe proposal to counter the pandemic gaining some traction: Just let the virus spread and let a population build up "natural herd immunity." But this week, leading public health experts from around the globe pushed back, warning that the idea is extremely dangerous. And, former defense minister of Mexico, retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, has been arrested in Los Angeles in connection with drug-related corruption. Plus, New Zealanders head to the polls.

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