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Can we use Variolation to deal with the Coronavirus?

by FactorialCode1 min read18th Mar 20203 comments

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Credit for the original idea comes from this thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/fk5au8/corona_variolation/

The idea is to use variolation to innoculate young people and build up herd immunity to the virus. Perhaps with an infected scratch to the shin.

I imagine this would be completely politically infeasible, but ignoring that, can anyone weigh in on whether this would work or not? I thought I read somewhere that getting infected with the virus through the eyes was far less lethal than getting infected through the lungs, but I can't find the source ATM.

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