Dr Hilary Jones warns we can’t rely on herd immunity as people could get re-infected with coronavirus

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Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones has warned being exposed to coronavirus doesn’t necessarily mean that people can’t get infected in the future as immunity could last just a few months.

It comes after new research by Imperial College London estimated that just 4.4% of adults had some form of immunity against the virus in September when cases began to increase again.

‘We need to distinguish between natural immunity and immunity that the vaccine might confer,’ Dr Hilary began, speaking on today’s show.

‘The research that’s been done on 350,000 people being repeatedly tested over the course of time has shown that natural immunity, when you’re exposed to the virus over a period of time, does tend to wane.



‘So, being exposed to Covid-19 doesn’t necessarily guarantee immunity going forward. Now, that’s a blow. We didn’t want to hear that.

Dr Hilary Jones warned about coronavirus immunity (Picture: Rex)

‘Nor did we want to hear that the idea of herd immunity, which so many people have been relying on, that’s blown out of the water as well.’

Dr Hilary continued: ‘We’ve got to forget that getting Covid-19 will make us immune going forward.

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‘The vaccine does tend to give a strong immune response according to the trials so far.’

However, Dr Hilary pointed out that people can get reinfected and they can give the infection to other people.

He concluded that group immunity is ‘way, way off’.

Just the news we needed on Tuesday morning…

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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