We cannot run away to moon, need to develop herd immunity: Epidemiologist

Muliyil tells Somesh Jha that the days of eradicating the disease is over and the country should move towards developing 'herd immunity'

Jayaprakash Muliyil
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"We have to ask: is there any other way to contain this problem? In 2009, there was an epidemic of H1N1 influenza. What happened to it? It came in and stayed for 2-3 months."

Somesh Jha New Delhi
Dr. Jayaprakash Muliyil, former Principal, Christian Medical College, Vellore is one of the country’s one of leading epidemiologists. Serving Indian Council of Medical Research in various advisory committees in the past, his work involves decades of extensive research in the area of infectious diseases. Muliyil tells Somesh Jha that the days of eradicating the disease is over and the country should move towards developing ‘herd immunity’. Edited excerpts:

After a 21-day lockdown, the government wants the states to frame an ‘exit’ strategy. How should we go about in the second phase?

The principle of the whole strategy is based on

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First Published: Apr 06 2020 | 6:57 PM IST

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