Op-Ed: Quit Ignoring Natural COVID Immunity
— Antibody testing and proof of prior infection can allow more people to return to normal
Epidemiologists estimate over 160 million people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19. Those who have recovered have an astonishingly low frequency of repeat infection, disease, or death. That immunity from prior infection protects many people now where vaccines are not yet available.
Earlier this month the World Health Organization released a scientific update stating that most people who have recovered from COVID-19 develop a strong protective immune response. Importantly, they summarize that within 4 weeks of infection, 90% to 99% of people who recover from COVID-19 develop detectable neutralizing antibodies. Furthermore, they conclude — given the limited amount of time to observe cases — that the immune response remains strong for at least 6 to 8 months after infection.
This update echoes what the NIH reported in January 2021: The immune response of more than 95% of people who recovered from COVID-19 had durable memories of the virus up to 8 months after infection. The NIH went further to state that those findings “provide hope” that people who get vaccinated will develop similar lasting immunity.
So why are we so focused on vaccine-induced immunity — in our goals to reach herd immunity, our gatekeeping on travel, public or private events, or mask use — while ignoring natural immunity? Shouldn’t those who have natural immunity also be able to return to “normal” activities? (See link for article)
I normally have to plug my nose anytime I read an article from Medscape, but this one is spot on. Why is natural immunity being downplayed and even ignored, while a dangerous, experimental injection is being pushed at all costs?
If SARS-CoV-2 immunity is similar to other severe coronavirus infections like SARS-CoV-1 immunity, that protection could last at least 17 years.
The authors, one of which is a former CDC medical officer, point out the complete bias against natural immunity by stating that the FDA, without presenting any data, issued a public safety statement:
“while SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests play an important role in identifying people who have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and may have developed an adaptive immune response, antibody tests should not be used to determine immunity or protection against COVID-19.”
The authors further state that since 90-99% of those who recover develop detectable antibodies, doctors can use the correct test to inform people of their risk, and counsel them that they have strong protective immunity that is similar to or BETTER THAN vaccine-induced immunity.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor, Dr. Marty Makary, also a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, also blasted the CDC for ignoring natural immunity. He states natural immunity from a severe COVID infection is probably life-long.
Further, Makary believes governing bodies are guilty of “demonizing” people who decide not to get vaccinated, even when they have recovered from a COVID infection and have the antibodies, forming a natural immunity.
These doctors state policymakers should include natural immunity as evidence of immunity equal to that of vaccination.
The reason natural immunity is being vilified is quite simple: it is an inconvenient truth that interferes with the accepted narrative that everyone must succumb to the jab at all costs – regardless of previous infection, health status, beliefs, or the fact it completely violates personal freedom and choice.