In response to CBS reporter Reshard Hudson’s question about the recent rise in new COVID-19 cases in Alabama, state Senator Del Marsh (R-Anniston) replied that he “want[s] to see more people, because we start reaching an immunity the more people have it and get through it.”
I’m not as concerned so much as the number of cases. In fact, quite honestly, I want to see more people, because we start reaching an immunity the more people have it and get through it. I don’t want any deaths, as few as possible, say, I get it, but those people who are susceptible to the disease, especially more serious pre-existing conditions, elderly population, those folks, we need to, you know, do all we can to protect them. But I’m not concerned, I want to make sure that everybody can receive care.
- Although Marsh refers to herd immunity, research has yet to confirm if recovered COVID-19 victims gain immunity to the virus.
- The Mayo Clinic states that “it isn't yet clear if infection with the COVID-19 virus makes a person immune to future infection.”
The Clinic adds that available
Research suggests that after infection with some coronaviruses, reinfection with the same virus—though usually mild and only happening in a fraction of people—is possible after a period of months or years. Further research is needed to determine the protective effect of antibodies to the virus in those who have been infected.
- Additionally, even if COVID-19 survivors are immune to the virus, the Clinic explains that experts believe about 70% of the United States population would need to contract COVID-19 and recover from it in order to “halt the epidemic.”
- However, many people becoming sick all at once could quickly overtax healthcare systems.
- Such widespread infection would also present “serious complications and millions of deaths, especially among older people and those who have chronic conditions.”
- The Mayo Clinic thus recommends continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19 until researchers are able to develop a vaccine.
Watch the clip below.