Rasmussen Reports recently conducted a nationwide survey with questions on vaccinated immunity and natural immunity after a recommendation by Becker News.
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“I wonder if you polled Democratic (and R, I) voters, how many would call Natural Immunity a myth?” I asked. “How many would say it is false you can get Natural Immunity from a Prior Infection?”
Rasmussen Reports was benevolent enough to ask these timely questions in a survey and release the crosstabs to Becker News before official publication. The results? Fascinating.
“Those who have previously been infected with COVID-19 acquire natural immunity, providing ‘robust protection against COVID-19 for at least six to eight months after infection,’ according to the World Health Organization,” Rasmussen states in its analysis of the results. “The same is true of vaccines. However, most Democrats (61%) believe vaccines are more effective than natural immunity in protecting against COVID-19, while just 17% think natural immunity offers more protection, and only 13% correctly believe vaccines and natural immunity are equally effective.”
The results for Republicans and Independents were much more in line with scientific reality.
“Among Republicans, 43% think natural immunity is more effective in protecting against COVID-19, and just 25% believe getting vaccinated offers more protection, while 24% correctly say vaccines and natural immunity are equally effective,” Rasmussen states. “Among those unaffiliated with either major party, 33% think vaccines are more effective, 31% believe natural immunity is more effective, and 26% correctly answer that vaccines and natural immunity are equally effective in protecting against COVID-19.”
As far as Becker News is concerned, only those who claim vaccinated immunity is superior to natural immunity are to be considered incorrect. The famous Israeli study that showed natural immunity is superior to vaccinated immunity (Israel is currently on its fourth shot in under a year) was recently replicated in an independent study.
“Confirmed infection rates increased according to time elapsed since the last immunity-conferring event in all cohorts,” the latest study states. “For unvaccinated previously infected individuals they increased from 10.5 per 100,000 risk-days for those previously infected 4-6 months ago to 30.2 for those previously infected over a year ago. For individuals receiving a single dose following prior infection they increased from 3.7 per 100,000 person days among those vaccinated in the past two months to 11.6 for those vaccinated over 6 months ago. For vaccinated previously uninfected individuals the rate per 100,000 person days increased from 21.1 for persons vaccinated within the first two months to 88.9 for those vaccinated more than 6 months ago.”
Thus, the vaccinated previously uninfected individuals are two-to-three times more likely to be reinfected after six months than unvaccinated previously infected individuals. One of the more useful aspects of this study is that it unpacks the overlap between vaccinated immunity and natural immunity; some research suggests the overlap between the two categories may be as high as 60-70%. Therefore, claims about “vaccinated immunity” may be benefiting from the fact that over half of the United States is estimated to have natural immunity.
The conclusion from the researchers who replicated the Israeli study: “Protection from reinfection decreases with time since previous infection, but is, nevertheless, higher than that conferred by vaccination with two doses at a similar time since the last immunity-conferring event. A single vaccine dose after infection helps to restore protection.”
Earlier, an Israeli study came to similar conclusions.
“This study demonstrated that natural immunity confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, compared to the BNT162b2 two-dose vaccine-induced immunity,” an Israeli study said.
Based on cases, the CDC’s figures estimate that at least 200 million Americans have been infected with Covid-19, thus possessing superior natural immunity.
Despite the obvious failure of the “vaccines” to stop the spread, the myths about natural immunity abound. A Washington Post “perspective” piece from September, however, got it right. Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, was correct in his assessment of the situation.
“More than 15 studies have demonstrated the power of immunity acquired by previously having the virus,” he continued. “A 700,000-person study from Israel two weeks ago found that those who had experienced prior infections were 27 times less likely to get a second symptomatic covid infection than those who were vaccinated. This affirmed a June Cleveland Clinic study of health-care workers (who are often exposed to the virus), in which none who had previously tested positive for the coronavirus got reinfected. The study authors concluded that ‘individuals who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection are unlikely to benefit from covid-19 vaccination.’ And in May, a Washington University study found that even a mild covid infection resulted in long-lasting immunity.”
The Johns Hopkins professor referred to 15 studies on natural immunity resulting from prior infections to Covid-19. A famous article from Brownstone listed 30 such scientific studies on the benefit of Covid-19 natural immunity, in addition to adding four more to its comprehensive list of 140 scientific studies on natural immunity.
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