Herd Immunity: Understanding COVID-19

Immunity. 2020 May 19;52(5):737-741. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2020.04.012.

Abstract

The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and its associated disease, COVID-19, has demonstrated the devastating impact of a novel, infectious pathogen on a susceptible population. Here, we explain the basic concepts of herd immunity and discuss its implications in the context of COVID-19.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Basic Reproduction Number
  • Betacoronavirus / immunology
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / immunology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Herd*
  • Models, Immunological*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / immunology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccination Coverage

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2