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We’re wasting time and money when we should be probing Covid immunity

ANALYSIS | Forget lockdowns and costly PCR tests when it's better to focus on the extent of our immunity

Dr Uri Gavish, Prof Udi Qimron, Eyal Shahar, Dr Ifat Abadi-Korek and Michael Levitt

Not long after the outbreak in Wuhan, the number of deaths ceased to follow the exponential growth scare. It took the virus longer to find people to infect, which was unexpected since the virus should not have found it difficult to infect new hosts among a population of 9 million.

Non-exponential growth was the first clue that pre-existing immunity to SARS-CoV-2 may be ubiquitous. The pandemic never behaved as if the virus was foreign to most people.

China registered under 5,000 deaths, and South Korea 300. The obvious explanation for these negligible mortality rates (pre existing immunity) was widely ignored. The world chose to believe that lockdown somehow eradicated the virus...

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