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Dynamics of Population Immunity Due to the Herd Effect in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Faculty of Sports Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid, 28670 Madrid, Spain
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Grupo de Investigación en Cultura, Educación y Sociedad, Universidad de la Costa, Barranquilla 080002, Colombia
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Studies Centre in Applied Combat (CESCA), Toledo 45007, Spain
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Departamento de Didáctica de la Educación Física y Salud, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Logroño 26006, Spain
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Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas, Universidad de la Costa, Barranquilla 080002, Colombia
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Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Barranquilla 080005, Colombia
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Nonaffiliated Independent Researcher, Barranquilla 080005, Colombia
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Vicerrectoría De Investigación e Innovación, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Barranquilla 080005, Colombia
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Vaccines 2020, 8(2), 236; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8020236
Received: 23 April 2020 / Revised: 14 May 2020 / Accepted: 15 May 2020 / Published: 19 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Infectious Diseases Immunology)
The novel Coronavirus 2 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-Cov-2) has led to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which has surprised health authorities around the world, quickly producing a global health crisis. Different actions to cope with this situation are being developed, including confinement, different treatments to improve symptoms, and the creation of the first vaccines. In epidemiology, herd immunity is presented as an area that could also solve this new global threat. In this review, we present the basis of herd immunology, the dynamics of infection transmission that induces specific immunity, and how the application of immunoepidemiology and herd immunology could be used to control the actual COVID-19 pandemic, along with a discussion of its effectiveness, limitations, and applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: SARS-Cov-2; COVID-19; herd immunology; vaccines; pandemic; epidemiology SARS-Cov-2; COVID-19; herd immunology; vaccines; pandemic; epidemiology
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Clemente-Suárez, V.J.; Hormeño-Holgado, A.; Jiménez, M.; Benitez-Agudelo, J.C.; Navarro-Jiménez, E.; Perez-Palencia, N.; Maestre-Serrano, R.; Laborde-Cárdenas, C.C.; Tornero-Aguilera, J.F. Dynamics of Population Immunity Due to the Herd Effect in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Vaccines 2020, 8, 236.

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