Herd immunity debate emerges; KDHE rejects it as ‘bad idea’

TOPEKA - Family physician Doug Iliff says Kansas’ strategy of flattening the COVID-19 infection curve in anticipation of developing a vaccine ignored opportunity for an alternative that might have avoided economic mayhem and a historic spike in unemployment.

Iliff, a Topeka physician and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said the state locked down commercial, social and religious activity to moderate spread of coronavirus and avoid overrunning hospitals. The Kansas model calls for gradual lifting of restrictions and adoption of a quarantine whack-a-mole program while researchers work on treatments to immunize people, he said.

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