Lancet: natural immunity “equal to” vaccination for COVID safety

This recent study from the Lancet ends with the following summary:

Community immunity to control the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic can be reached with the acquired immunity due to either previous infection or vaccination. Acquired immunity from vaccination is certainly much safer and preferred. Given the evidence of immunity from previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, however, policy makers should consider recovery from previous SARS-CoV-2 infection equal to immunity from vaccination for purposes related to entry to public events, businesses, and the workplace, or travel requirements.

Isn’t it strange that very few public health officials are talking about this obvious point, ie, that there is no need to institute vaccine mandates that don’t consider the role of natural immunity?

The statement by the LDS First Presidency actually DOES consider prior infection when it points out that “we want to do all we can to limit the spread of these viruses. And we know that protection from the diseases they cause can only be achieved by immunizing a very high percentage of the population.” Note the use of the word “immunizing,” not “vaccinating.” Immunizing includes natural immunity, which the Lancet study clearly shows to be an important factor.

The Lancet study is actually a study of many different papers that have been released.

We reviewed studies published in PubMed from inception to Sept 28, 2021, and found well conducted biological studies showing protective immunity after infection (panel). Furthermore, multiple epidemiological and clinical studies, including studies during the recent period of predominantly delta (B.1.617.2) variant transmission, found that the risk of repeat SARS-CoV-2 infection decreased by 80·5–100% among those who had had COVID-19 previously (panel). The reported studies were large and conducted throughout the world. Another laboratory-based study that analysed the test results of 9119 people with previous COVID-19 from Dec 1, 2019, to Nov 13, 2020, found that only 0·7% became reinfected.11 In a study conducted at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, USA, those who had not previously been infected had a COVID-19 incidence rate of 4·3 per 100 people, whereas those who had previously been infected had a COVID-19 incidence rate of 0 per 100 people.6 Furthermore, a study conducted in Austria found that the frequency of hospitalisation due to a repeated infection was five per 14 840 (0·03%) people and the frequency of death due to a repeated infection was one per 14 840 (0·01%) people.

The Lancet report continues:

Although those studies show that protection from reinfection is strong and persists for more than 10 months of follow-up,3 it is unknown how long protective immunity will truly last. Many systemic viral infections, such as measles, confer long-term, if not lifelong, immunity, whereas others, such as influenza, do not (due to changes in viral genetics).4 We are limited by the length of current reported follow-up data to know with certainty the expected duration that previous infection will protect against COVID-19. Encouragingly, authors of a study conducted among recovered individuals who had experienced mild SARS-CoV-2 infection reported that mild infection induced a robust antigen-specific, long-lived humoral immune memory in humans.

So, to sum up: natural immunity exists and is an important factor in creating societal protection. Yet none of the COVID cultists are mentioning it. Why are they ignoring the science?

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Geoff B graduated from Stanford University (class of 1985) and worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. He has held many callings in the Church, but his favorite calling is father and husband. Geoff is active in martial arts and loves hiking and skiing. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

5 thoughts on “Lancet: natural immunity “equal to” vaccination for COVID safety

  1. Why are they ignoring science? Because that’s not what this is about. Satan and his prophets and minions want total control over our lives so they can “redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost,” while we live like serfs and they live like kings. It’s all in the scriptures. They want to divide us, keep levels of contention high and guide us to destroy each other. It’s the great and spacious building in real life.

  2. Rozy, you had better watch out. The supposed LDS intellectuals will call you a conspiracy theorist if you keep on actually supporting free agency. You’re supposed to come up with all kinds of excuses for the government keeping people locked up or masked up or forcing vaccination upon the unwilling. That is the *tolerant* thing to do.

  3. Book, good question. They could “review” the hundreds of thousands of pages in a matter of days, but somehow it takes them five decades to release the same information. Seems fishy to me.

  4. Geoff, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” They can call me all the nasty things they want. I’m holding on to the Iron Rod, pressing forward with steadfast faith in Christ. My dad and grandpa both taught us from the Book of Mormon about this great nation and the danger of secret combinations. I never thought I’d live to see the day that it would be lived out right before my very eyes. Keep up the good work here!

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