COVID-19 infection provides less protection than many people believe, according to experts.
People who have had COVID-19 may believe they have natural immunity and so do not need to be vaccinated.
Infectious illness doctors claim it’s common sense, but it’s also inaccurate.
According to Dr. Buddy Creech, president-elect of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, your COVID-19 infection probably didn’t elicit enough of an immune response to provide long-term protection against the coronavirus.
Experts say that even if you’ve already had COVID-19, you should get vaccinated to avoid catching a second case that’s far worse than the first.
“Not every infection is the same,” said Creech, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program in Nashville, Tenn. “We now have nearly a year’s worth of data that clearly shows that the milder the infection, the lower the immune response to coronavirus will be, and the immune response to coronavirus will be less durable.”
He knows what he’s talking about because he’s been there. In March 2020, around the commencement of the epidemic, COVID-19 raced through his family of five.
Creech explained, “I was an early adopter, if you will.”
According to Creech, his daughter, who only had symptoms for a day, developed COVID-19 antibody levels of 700.
His wife suffered from flu-like symptoms for a week, lost her sense of taste and smell, and had antibody levels of around 7,000.
Creech, for one, got a terrible 16-day infection that included pneumonia and left him with antibody levels of around 50,000.
“We found wildly diverse antibody responses that paralleled how bad our symptoms were only in that one family unit,” he said.
COVID-19 vaccines, on the other hand, provide a “controlled exposure” to the virus that won’t put you in the hospital but will result in a strong antibody response that’s been stress-tested in clinical studies, according to Creech.
The good news is that as a COVID-19 survivor, your vaccine response should provide you with superior protection in the future.
Creech discovered this when, in December 2020, he again served as an early pandemic adopter, this time as part of the first wave of medical personnel to get the newly licensed COVID-19 vaccine.
“My antibody titers went up to 1.2 million from that 50,000,” Creech said after his second dosage of vaccine.
An earlier study from… echoes Creech’s experience. Article Summary from Nokia News