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The Nuance

Herd Immunity May Play a Bigger Role Than We Thought

Going forward, hard-hit communities could enjoy a measure of immunity-derived protection

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7 min readAug 27, 2020


During the first months of the pandemic, so-called herd immunity was a hot topic of conversation among public-health officials, politicians, and the media. The term refers to the…



Markham Heid

I’m a frequent contributor at TIME, the New York Times, and other media orgs. I write mostly about health and science. I like long walks and the Grateful Dead.