The Covid pandemic is effectively over. There are murmurs about an Omicron BA.2 ‘subvariant’ and trenchant warnings from the Biden administration about the next pandemic, but for all intents and purposes, Normal America has moved on.
So, now that the smoke has cleared from the rubble of dilapidated main streets, now littered with shuttered small businesses, food shortages that are compounded by supply chain dislocation, only made worse by surging gas prices that the president recently blamed in part on the Covid pandemic, and skyrocketing inflation that is fueled by the government shoveling $6 trillion into the corporate furnaces of unquenchable profits, the government wants the American people to know something very important.
Covid natural immunity is real. And not only that, almost all Americans in the country today have it.
“According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of blood donor samples, conducted in December and updated last month, an estimated 95% of Americans ages 16 and older have developed identifiable Covid antibodies,” CNBC reported on Tuesday. “Those come from both vaccinations — roughly 77% of the U.S. population has received at least one Covid vaccine dose, according to the CDC — and prior Covid infections.”
On Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. She referenced the 95% immunity figure in her testimony.
“We also know that in this country because of vaccines because of boosters and because of protection from prior disease, infection-induced immunity (natural immunity) that about 95% of people in this country have some level of protection,” she said.
Similarly to vaccinated immunity, ‘natural immunity’ or ‘infection-induced immunity’ does not mean that one cannot be re-infected. However, it does mean that the body is able to mobilize antibodies in order to fight off the infection.
Dr. Timothy Brewer, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, told CNBC that “the 95% estimate is ‘probably close to accurate’.”
“But there’s a potentially big difference between people who got their antibodies from Covid vaccines and people who got them solely from prior infections,” he added.
That’s true. As the CDC earlier admitted, natural immunity is superior to vaccinated immunity — and longer-lasting, as well.
The CDC released a study in January called “COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations by COVID-19 Vaccination Status and Previous COVID-19 Diagnosis — California and New York, May–November 2021.” The findings that natural immunity provided protection superior to vaccinated immunity were reported by Agence France-Presse.
“During America’s last surge of the coronavirus driven by the Delta variant, people who were unvaccinated but survived Covid were better protected than those who were vaccinated and not previously infected,” AFP reported.
“The finding is the latest to weigh in on a debate on the relative strengths of natural versus vaccine-acquired immunity against SARS-CoV-2, but comes this time with the imprimatur of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” AFP added.
Dr. Brewer, however, claimed that there is a lack of ‘good data’ on antibodies from natural infection.
“I am not aware of good data for the duration of antibodies from natural infection,” Brewer claimed.
This is misleading. A study published at the NIH acknowledged natural immunity from prior infection lasts at least eight months. The most comprehensive study on natural immunity following Covid infection showed that it lasts for nearly two years.
Johns Hopkins University found in its landmark study published in January that 99% of unvaccinated people who had Covid infections gained robust “natural immunity” that did not diminish for at least 650 days.
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