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Folks used to have chickpox parties not that long ago (for all I know they might still exist) employing this strategy. Seems odd in this case when you have somewhat unknown mortality figures.
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When I was a kid, there was no measels vaccine. We knew that catching the measels as an adult could be quite dangerous. Kids got a bad fever and was knocked out for maybe a week, but generally it wasn't life threatening. So we wanted to have the measels as kids, to be immune when growing up. We went to visit schoolmates in bed with measels.
I have not been able to find exact figures, but roughly half of all Norwegian kids (half of 60,000 a year) caught measels. The total number of deaths was 5-10 a year, but I couldn't find information about who the victims were, i.e. how many of those 5-10 were adults that hadn't caught measels in their childhood.
In any case: The mortality rate was in the range 0,02-0,03% (of those infected). So the Norwegian population was a lot more resistant to the disease compared to e.g. 3rd world populations today. (Maybe, forty or fifty generations ago, the non-resistant ones died before they were old enough to spread their non-reistant genes!) We did take a calculated risk, but growing up without immunity was another risk that we avoided. We considered that risk a worse one.
If I could know for certain that my population group had a death rate of 0,02% from Corona, I might have considered trying to be infected. It seems like the real rate is a hundred times higher. "Calculated risk" means should should do the calculations. When I do them, the answer is: No - even though I did catch measels as a kid, because it was more dangerous catching it as a middle aged man, now that I am a middle aged man and the mortality is a hundred times higher, this time I come to the opposite conclusion. Probably, "a hundred times higher" alone is enough. If I had had a child today, I wouldn't try to have that child infected as a way to protect it.
It must be the brainchild of some nutter who bases his entire thinking on evolutionary theory.
And it's true, the entire population of the UK would be immune, by the time it's all over. That's how evolution works.
What they failed to make clear to the public, though, was that the entire population would only be immune because all the millions who weren't immune would be dead, and therefore no longer counted as part of the population.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
Can't someone send Bieber on an extended tour of China?
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