The fallout continues from the CDC’s ‘bombshell’ report on natural immunity this week. The report set off a wave of confusion among natural immunity deniers, who believed that ‘vaccines‘ were the only way for people to get protection to Covid-19.
The CDC report nonetheless showed that prior infections were potent protection during the Delta variant wave in 2021.
“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 on the new study.
Dr. Marty Makary, a Harvard-educated member of the National Academy of Medicine and resident at John Hopkins, responded that the results were in line with what he had been saying all along.
“The data are now abundantly clear,” Makary said. “Natural imm[unity] is more effective than vax imm[unity]. Sadly, tens of thousands Americans lost their job & livelihood because the Ab [antibodies] circulating in their blood are Ab [antibodies] the govt does not recognize. Sci group think ruined their careers.”
“Agree to Re-instate,” he added, referring to those who lost their jobs over the ‘vaccine’ mandates.
Dr. Makary has been undertaking his own studies on natural immunity. One of the reasons for doing the research was to pressure the NIH and CDC into doing it.
“My Johns Hopkins research team is leading a long-term study of natural immunity because the NIH and CDC are not doing it,” he said. “They have $50 billion and 30,000 employees and yet can’t seen to conduct one of the most important studies we need done to inform the public.”
Dr. Makary appears to be vindicated by the CDC’s results.
CDC epidemiologist Benjamin Silk reacted to the report on a call shortly before its public release.
“Before the Delta variant, COVID-19 vaccination resulted in better protection against a subsequent infection than surviving a previous infection,” Silk said, before adding, “Surviving a previous infection now provided greater protection against a subsequent infection than vaccination.”
Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, also weighed in on the findings.
“LARGEST STUDY COMPARING VACCINATION TO “RECOVERY IMMUNITY” FOR COVID-19 IN US: Study conducted in NY and CA (18% of US population) from May-Nov 2021 so through delta surge. Compared cases and hospitalizations in 4 groups,” she tweeted.
“How much were COVID cases lowered compared to group 1?”
1) Unvax’d, no prior infection
2) Vax’d (2 mRNA/1 J&J), no prior infection: 6.2 fold CA & 4.5-fold NY lower
3) Unvax’d, prior infection: 29-fold CA & 14.7 fold NY lower
4) Vax’d prior infection: 32.5-fold & 19.8 fold lower NY
“How much were COVID hospitalizations decreased compared to group 1 (unvax’d, no prior infection) during delta?”
1) Vax’d, no prior infection: 19.8-fold lower
2) Unvax’d prior infection: 55.3-fold lower
3) Vax’d prior infection: 57.5-fold lower
“Agree w/ CDC vaccine safest way to get protection,” she added. “However, this large US analysis shows immunity from prior infection >> vaccine-induced immunity to protect against re-infection/hospitalization with Delta. In U.S. recovery should count as “fully immune” (or “fully vaccinated”).”
“Consistent with prior studies compiled by [Dr. K Lausner] in this nice systematic review in Lancet ID but largest one from CDC & with Delta variant,” she concluded.
Dr. Andrew Bostom, an academic internist and epidemiologist, also broke down the results.
“Even CDC now acknowledges what we are seeing via RIHEALTH ‘When looking at the summer & fall of 2021, when delta became dominant in this country surviving a previous infection now provided greater protection against subsequent infection than vaccination’,” he remarked, then pointed to his own breakdown of Rhode Island’s numbers.
Dr. Nan Hayworth, the first female M.D. to go to Congress and a board-certified ophthalmologist, had a straightforward reaction to the CDC report.
“I’d rather have a vaccination than an infection, but natural immunity should be accepted at least as much as vaccination as proof of protection against COVID,” she said.
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, who is Professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, specializes in health policy, including infectious diseases, COVID, and health economics.
“The CDC starts to acknowledge reality, one piece at a time. What excuse is there now to not consider prior infection in vaccine mandates?” Dr. Bhattacharya asked.
When the doctor was pressed by a commenter who opposed all mandates, he agreed on the matter.
“Agree entirely,” he said. “The mandates are now and have been throughout a terrible policy. So much social dislocation and harm caused to people, so much distrust for public health induced, for so little gain.”
This is an excerpt from Becker News.
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