All posts tagged: Lockdown vs no lockdown

Has Tokyo achieved herd immunity for COVID?

According to medical researchers from Japan and the US, the stats indicate that Tokyo, Japan, may have achieved herd immunity over the summer months. Herd immunity occurs when enough people have caught a particular virus, that it slows the virus’ spread. When that happens, the number of new infections begins to drop off.

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South Dakota vs New York: A tale of two lock downs

When the coronavirus hit, South Dakota made the unusual decision of not locking down and destroying its economy in the battle against the coronavirus. It decided that the best way to fight COVID was protecting those most vulnerable and developing a herd immunity among its citizens, knowing that 80% of the people who catch the virus have minimal to no symptoms. Now, in mid-August when President Donald Trump offered US states an additional top up of $400 in unemployment payments to replace the $600 that came off on Aug 8, 2020, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem declined. The Daily Mail explains why: Noem said Friday that she opted to forgo the cash in South Dakota entirely, claiming the state had recovered around 80 percent of its pandemic-related job losses. ‘My administration is very grateful for the additional flexibility that this effort would have provided, but South Dakota is in the fortunate position of not needing to accept it,’ Noem said in a statement. ‘South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80% of …