The high cost of underestimating the natural immunity to the Corona virus

Public health officials have destroyed many lives by insisting that workers with natural immunity to Covid-19 be fired if they are not fully vaccinated. But after two years of collecting the data, the superiority of natural immunity over vaccinated immunity has become clear. By firing employees with natural immunity, employers get rid of these the least It is likely to infect others. It’s time to bring these employees back with an apology.

For most of the past year, many of us have called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to release its data on infection rates again, but the agency has refused. Finally last week, the CDC released data from New York and California, which showed that natural immunity was 2.8 times more effective in preventing hospitalization and 3.3 to 4.7 times in preventing Covid infection than vaccination.

However, the CDC woven the report to fit its version, banning the conclusion “vaccination remains the safest strategy.” This conclusion was based on the finding that hybrid immunity – a combination of previous infection and vaccination – was associated with a small reduction in the risk of testing positive for Covid. But those with hybrid immunity had a similarly low rate of hospitalization (3 per 10,000) to those with only natural immunity. In other words, vaccinating people who already had Covid did not reduce the risk of hospitalization significantly.

Similarly, the National Institutes of Health has repeatedly rejected natural immunity arguing that its duration is unknown – and then failed to conduct studies to answer the question. Because of the inaction of the National Institutes of Health, my colleagues and I at Johns Hopkins conducted the study. We found that of the 295 unvaccinated people who had previously had Covid, 99% of them had antibodies present until nearly two years after infection. We also found that natural immunity developed from the previous variants reduced the risk of developing an omicron variant. Meanwhile, the effectiveness of two doses of Moderna’s vaccine against infection (other than severe disease) drops to 61% against Delta and 16% against Omicron in six months, according to a recent release by Kaiser Southern California. study. Generally,

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Covid vaccines were less effective than Moderna’s vaccines.

The CDC study and ours confirm what more than 100 other studies have found about innate immunity: the immune system is working. the The largest of these studies, from Israel, it was found that natural immunity was 27 times effective than vaccinated immunity in preventing symptomatic diseases.

None of this should surprise us. Over the years, studies have shown that infection with other coronaviruses that cause severe illness, such as SARS and MERS, confer lasting immunity. in a study Published in May 2020, monkeys who recovered from Covid and who were vaccinated with the virus did not get sick.

Public health officials have a lot of explanation to do. They used the false starting hypothesis, discarded the opposite raw data, and dug in as more evidence emerged that called their position into question. Many, including Rochelle Wallinsky, now the director of the CDC, have signed on to Jon Snow’s note In October 2020, which declared that “there is no evidence of permanent protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 after natural infection.”

Many doctors who have spoken to other doctors nationwide have long noted that we don’t see infected patients end up on a ventilator or die from Covid, with rare exceptions who always have immune disorders. Meanwhile, public health officials have recklessly destroyed the careers of ordinary Americans, mobilizing to fire pilots, truck drivers and other supply chain workforces who have not been vaccinated. And in the early months of the vaccine’s launch, when supplies were limited, we could have saved many lives by prioritizing those who did not have natural immunity.

Failure to recognize data on natural immunity is detrimental to US hospitals, especially in rural areas. MultiCare, a hospital system in Washington state, fired 55 employees on October 18 for noncompliance with Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate — and that was in addition to an undisclosed number of employees who quit before the vaccination deadline. The loss of workers contributed to the full employment crisis.

It has gotten so bad that the hospital has called in employees with Covid to return to work even if they are sick, according to an internal memo. It was received By Jason Rantz of KTTH Radio. The memo stated that “positive employees with mild to moderate illness” can work, as long as they wear appropriate personal protective equipment, do not take breaks with others, and agree to stay home “if symptoms worsen.” Managers have been recommended to hire Covid-infected staff for Covid-infected and vaccinated patients, but not immunosuppressed patients.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services took on the hospital’s nationwide mandate by ordering that all medical facilities under their jurisdiction require vaccination for employees, including those with natural immunity. The Supreme Court upheld the ruling on January 13, the same day it issued a stay against a similar mandate from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which OSHA formally withdrew on Tuesday.

Connecticut suspended the vaccine mandate for state employees, and

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It is the re-employment of employers who have been fired for not being vaccinated. Other states and companies should follow suit. Politicians and public health officials owe an apology to Americans who have lost their jobs in fake places, as only unvaccinated people can spread the virus and only vaccination can prevent its spread. The ranks of disgraced soldiers must be restored. Teachers, first responders and others who have been deprived of their livelihoods should be brought back. Every person is essential.

Dr. McCary is a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author of The Price We Pay: What Made American Health Care Failed and How to Fix It.

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