A new Israeli study has reportedly shown that natural immunity from having been infected with COVID is far superior in future protection against the virus than any vaccination.
The study may be the first authoritative evidence demonstrating that natural immunity is 13 times better than the vaccine. (Story continues below.)
“We continue to underestimate the importance of natural infection immunity … especially when [infection] is recent,” said Eric Topol, a physician-scientist at Scripps Research. “And when you bolster that with one dose of vaccine, you take it to levels you can’t possibly match with any vaccine in the world right now.”
The study also raises questions about whether previously infected people could receive lower doses of the vaccine.
“It’s a textbook example of how natural immunity is really better than vaccination,” said Charlotte Thålin, a COVID researcher at Danderyd Hospital and the Karolinska Institute. “To my knowledge, it’s the first time [this] has really been shown in the context of COVID-19.”
From Science Magazine:
“The study, conducted in one of the most highly COVID-19–vaccinated countries in the world, examined medical records of tens of thousands of Israelis, charting their infections, symptoms, and hospitalizations between 1 June and 14 August, when the Delta variant predominated in Israel. It’s the largest real-world observational study so far to compare natural and vaccine-induced immunity to SARS-CoV-2, according to its leaders.”
The research also raises questions as more evidence shows the vaccine loses effectiveness over time. The research also showed that vaccinated people were 27 times more likely to be symptomatic compared to the previously infected.
Research, however, has shown the vaccine is an effective deterrent to lower your risk of being hospitalized for COVID.
“Check your antibody levels before you do anything else to protect yourself from COVID,” said Dr. David Samadi. “Natural immunity is the best. An Israeli study recently showed it is 13x more effective than any other form of treatment! Just to be clear, this is not a post against vaccinations. If you want to be vaccinated, by all means that is your choice to do so. However, you should check to make sure you don’t already have natural immunity via antibodies first. Many people do and don’t know it!”