Apologies if this has already been asked before (Reddit's search box is awful): I'm wondering what people think of the policies in the UK and Netherlands ( https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/03/we-are-aiming-for-maximum-control-of-coronavirus-pm-tells-the-dutch/ ) to "build up immunity."
1) I think it's interesting that countries with strong science institutions (i.e. Netherlands and UK have great medicine/PhD programs) could have different policies. Is evidence being superseded by politics?
2) Are the politicians in Netherlands/UK just using different words to describe similar policies? For example, in the USA, "social distancing" is the phrase of the day, whereas it seems "herd immunity" is the go-to phrase in UK/Netherlands. However, despite the "herd immunity" rhetoric, there is still a lot of "social distancing" going on in UK/Netherlands (e.g. many businesses in Amsterdam are shut down).
3) In general, I'm interested in what experts think of herd immunity as it pertains to coronavirus. On one hand, there have been reports that people have tested positive, then weeks later negative, and then positive again (suggesting you can get coronavirus more than once). Contrarily, I have read experts explain this away, saying that these patients were never negative, it was just bad testing.
4) In conclusion, what is the best evidence-based policy? Herd immunity or social distancing? (again, please excuse me if I'm making a strawman out of the UK/Netherland "herd immunity" policies).
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