Hold the Phone — Doc’s Thoughts:
I have people asking me all the time about natural immunity. Whether they are looking for information for themselves or to take to family and friends who are discrediting the validity. The argument regarding natural immunity continues to be a hot topic. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 140 studies currently available on the robust, durable protection of natural immunity from around the world by hundreds of scientists, researchers and doctors.
In many countries natural immunity is recognized, at least in some part, as a valid reason to refrain from a COVID vaccine. Here in the U.S., many people facing mandates are unable to use their natural immunity as a justified reason to pass on the vaccine. In fact, it’s almost as if we’d never encountered natural immunity before. Which is odd considering vaccines are developed to mimic the natural immune response.
Several studies, as well as the CDC and other governmental agencies around the world, have come out to say that the immune response induced by the COVID vaccines wanes rather quickly. This is the justification and reason that warrants the need for boosters after just 6 months.
Those who choose to argue that natural immunity may not be suitable, argue that we don’t have long term studies. In fact, we have several studies. Well done studies that indicate that natural immunity is not only robust, but also far superior to the vaccine-induced immune response. So far, as we see vaccine-induced immune responses waning, we’ve yet to see one where natural immunity wanes nearly as quickly.
As concerns continue to mount for ADE, myocarditis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, blood clots, nervous system disorders and a whole host of other conditions in the growing number of VAERS reports, elicited by the vaccines, we need to take a serious look at natural immunity.
While we wait for long-term studies on the vaccines to be conducted and reported on, we have these at our fingertips. If the FDA continues to push for 55, and now doubled-down for 75 years to release the data that led them to an EUA approval, we can use this information in the meantime to make an informed decision.
Some people are still arguing the side that a vaccine will stop transmission. Does this apply to those with natural immunity as some would argue? The CDC recently stated that they have 0 incidences recorded where an unvaccinated individual has been infected with COVID, recovered, become reinfected and transmitted the virus to another person. There is no evidence of a naturally recovered person transmitting COVID after reinfection. Breakthrough cases are quite another story. We have evidence of large spread transmission through breakthrough cases.
Now, as children are receiving these vaccinations, many of whom likely have natural immunity due to such mild cases that went undetected, we need to consider the implications of vaccinating someone with natural immunity. Especially since we have no long term studies and the FDA recognizes the children receiving the vaccine today are the long term trial participants.
While some of these studies continue to argue for the need for vaccination, I think if you read the studies with a critical thought, you’ll see that they actually validate natural immunity. Even if their intent was to endorse the vaccine.
There is a lot of information here. We’ve worked to break it down into three categories: the protection natural immunity plays in reinfection, the question of whether naturally recovered should consider the vaccine for additional protection, and a deeper dive into the immune response for those ready for even more information.
If you want to know how your immune response is functioning, we can help. At The Wellness Way, we can help you test your immune response to various challenges. Don’t just guess, test that system so that you can have the confidence you need to handle not only the hard discussions, but also your own health.
Studies Validating Natural Immunity:
Reinfection and Protection
The below studies demonstrate the long-term, broad protection elicited by natural immunity. While some studies set out to understand the defense the vaccines offered, they revealed even more support for natural immunity.
Natural infection vs vaccination: Which gives more protection?, Rosenberg, 2021
SARS-CoV-2 re-infection risk in Austria, Pilz, 2021
Good news: Mild COVID-19 induces lasting antibody protection, Bhandari, 2021
Quantifying the risk of SARS‐CoV‐2 reinfection over time, Murchu, 2021
NATURE journal publication, Yu, 2008
Op-Ed: Quit Ignoring Natural COVID Immunity, Klausner, 2021
COVID-19 natural immunity, WHO, 2021
Humoral Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2 in Iceland, Gudbjartsson, 2020
Had COVID? You’ll probably make antibodies for a lifetime, Callaway, 2021
Karl Friston: up to 80% not even susceptible to Covid-19, Sayers, 2020
Adaptive immunity to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, Sette, 2021
Severity of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfections as Compared with Primary Infections, Abu-Raddad, 2021
Is the Vaccine Necessary for Those Who’ve Recovered?
Many argue that a dose may be necessary for people who’ve been previously infected. The science doesn’t support that. In fact, many respected researchers including the esteemed Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and editor in chief of MedPage Today indicated this thinking is illogical and misplaced.
Community transmission and viral load kinetics of the SARS-CoV-2 delta (B.1.617.2) variant in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in the UK: a prospective, longitudinal, cohort study, Singanayagam, 2021
Protection and waning of natural and hybrid COVID-19 immunity, Goldberg, 2021
Immunity Protection and Response
This section is dedicated to those interested in taking a deep dive into the immune system and its many functioning mechanisms. We can’t simply focus on antibodies. The immune system is far more complex and intricate.
Evolution of Antibody Immunity to SARS-CoV-2, Gaebler, 2020
Single cell profiling of T and B cell repertoires following SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine, Sureshchandra, 2021
Exposure to common cold coronaviruses can teach the immune system to recognize SARS-CoV-2,La Jolla, Crotty and Sette, 2020