herd immunity

Herd Immunity vs. Herd Mentality

Roger Kimball, American Greatness

“Herd immunity” is a settled concept in epidemiology. It occurs when “a large percentage of a population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous infections or vaccination, thereby providing a measure of protection for individuals who are not immune.” “Herd mentality,” on the contrary, provides immunity from independent thought. It protects a population from thinking clearly by spreading a spirit of conformity. It increases a people’s docility, thus rendering them more susceptible to the blandishments of usurping authority. Focus attention not on this year’s respiratory virus but on the wild, herd-like overreaction to the virus.