CDC Admits Natural COVID Immunity Is Extremely Powerful

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In Brief

  • The Facts:
    • A new CDC study joins more than 130 others showing how strong natural immunity from COVID is after infection.

    • The study looked at four groups, unvaccinated with no prior COVID-19 infection, vaccinated with no prior infection, unvaccinated who recovered from COVID-19, and vaccinated who recovered.

  • Reflect On:

    Why hasn't natural immunity been included in health policy?

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Despite the fact that the strength of natural immunity has been a staple in epidemiology, particularly with viruses like coronaviruses, it’s something that’s been absent from health policy during the entirety of this pandemic. It has even been referred to or labelled as a “conspiracy theory.”

It’s not a surprise that the most recent study published on natural immunity also speaks to its strength. Centres for Disease Control (CDC) researchers reviewed data from California and New York from May to November 2021 when the delta variant was dominant in the U.S.

The study looked at four groups of people: unvaccinated with no prior COVID-19 infection, vaccinated with no prior infection, unvaccinated who recovered from COVID-19, and vaccinated who recovered.

By the first week of October, COVID-19 rates among the vaccinated with no previous infection were 6.2 times lower in California and 4.5 times lower in New York compared to the unvaccinated with no previous infection. However, among the unvaccinated with a previous infection, the COVID-19 rate was 29 times lower in California and 14.7 times lower in New York.

The study did also find that those who have been vaccinated and have also had COVID-19 had rates 32.5 times lower in California and 19.8 times lower in New York.

The CDC explained,

“These results demonstrate that vaccination protects against COVID-19 and related hospitalization, and that surviving a previous infection protects against a reinfection and related hospitalization.”

Here’s a great summary of the findings for more clarity by Vinay Prasad MD MPH, a hematologist-oncologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco.

More than 130 studies have now been published showing the power of natural immunity to COVID, and that it may even last a lifetime. Natural immunity is like a perfect vaccine, it provides a robust amount of protection for most people, and this can come in the form of lifetime protection, like we’ve seen with SARS, for example, or measles. Even a mild COVID infection may do this.

Dr. Tamara Bhadari, a senior science writer from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, explains.

Last fall there were reports that antibodies wane quickly after infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, and mainstream media interpreted that to mean that immunity was not long-lived. But that’s a misrepresentation of the data. It’s normal for antibody levels to go down after acute infection, but they don’t go down to zero; they plateau. Here, we found antibody-producing cells in people 11 months after first symptoms. These cells will live and produce antibodies for the rest of people’s lives. That’s strong evidence for long-lasting immunity.

Good news: Mild COVID-19 induces lasting antibody protection. Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis

Natural immunity may also severely lessen the chances of a second symptomatic infection as well as chances of hospitalization. It will also lower the chances of the possibility of you transmitting the virus to another person and reinfection.

What’s not mentioned by the CDC is the fact that COVID vaccines have failed when it comes to stopping the transmission of the virus. This has not been a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as politicians have claimed. Throughout this pandemic there have been multiple examples of the most vaccinated regions and countries on earth experiencing large COVID outbreaks.

Furthermore, vaccines that do not stop transmission, as explained by paper that was published in PLOS BIOLOGY in 2015 titled, “Imperfect Vaccination Can Enhance the Transmission of Highly Virulent Pathogens” by Penn State biologist David Kennedy PhD may create the conditions for more viral virulents to emerge.

Perhaps the most ignored and censored factor when it comes to COVID vaccines are the number of injuries that have been and are being reported around the world. With such a high survival rate, many people would clearly prefer to take their chances with a natural infection.

COVID vaccines may help keep the elderly and those with comorbidities out of the hospital. In the United States, five percent of people who have died with COVID-19 have had at least one comorbidity listed as the cause of death. The average is four comorbidities.

Perhaps not discriminating against the unvaccinated, not implementing vaccine passports for a product that does not stop transmission, and simply encouraging people would have been a better route for governments, like we’ve seen Japan do.

Here in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has referred to the unvaccinated as racist and misogynistic extremists.

Vaccine mandates are causing a number of issues from healthcare worker shortages, to supply chain issues, and people not being able to pay their bills and/or put food on the table. What was thought as a solution has turned out to be one of the biggest public health catastrophes of all time.

The same goes for lockdowns, which have killed more people than COVID itself.

Should we really give governments the power to go against the will of so many people?

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