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COVID-19 comment: Too early to judge how far virus has spread – University of Reading

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COVID-19 comment: Too early to judge how far virus has spread

Release Date 25 March 2020

COVID-19 expert comment

On reports that far greater numbers of people in the UK than previously thought may already have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Dr Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in Cellular Microbiology, University of Reading, said:

“We need to know much more about the immunology of this virus before we make such confident predictions. It was just over a week ago we were being told that infecting around 60% of the population would be enough to confer herd immunity which would protect everyone else so much more research needs to be done to carefully assess whether these predictions are correct and what level of immunity people have once they have been infected and recovered from the virus.”

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