by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor | John Locke Foundation
Image source: Screenshot of an Aug. 20 news story in which a bare-faced WRAL reporter Leslie Moreno points at a sign posted by downtown Raleigh retro sports apparel store The Vault Raleigh that reads “Masks Are Prohibited While Shopping At The Vault Raleigh.” As stated in the story (considered “news” because it is so critically important for WRAL to try to create a public enemy out of any entrepreneur not complying with demonstrably ineffective edicts): “Josh Breed, owner of the Vault, says that face masks are ineffective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, and that people need to ‘show their face’ while in his store. He’s concerned about thieves trying to rob the store and says they could be hiding behind a face mask … .Breed says he believes this new no-mask policy is keeping his staff safe.”
This past week 99.4% of people in NC posed no threat of passing along COVID-19 to anyone, and well over three-fourths (78.6%) of adult North Carolinians are estimated to be immune.
Here is the NC Threat-Free Index for the week ending August 23:
For August 23, the estimate is now well over three-fourths (78.6%) of adult North Carolinians with immunity (vaccine-induced immunity and natural immunity), using CDC estimates of actual infections and DHHS estimates of current vaccinations and the formula outlined here.
Recall that Cooper’s standard of immunity was two-thirds (66.7%) of adult North Carolinians partially vaccinated. This standard had no regard whatsoever for natural immunity from actual infection, even though that is the stronger and more durable immunity. Vaccination is a means, not the end — the goal is herd immunity. With 64 percent of North Carolinians already partially vaccinated, that should be more than sufficient for North Carolinians to be past the two-thirds goal of adult North Carolinians with immunity.
Furthermore, including vaccinated and naturally immune children (18 and under) into the mix, North Carolina is at 75.0% immunity.