Author : Jin Wang Editor : Ling Lee
IMMUNITY – NATURAL vs ADAPTIVE
As infections, hospitalizations and deaths drastically decline across the United States, people are clamoring to return to a life that resembles a degree of normalcy, more specifically, pre-COVID normality after more than a year of irrational politically motivated lockdowns.
Following a devastating winter, the United States is now witnessing the effects of growing immunity. The first vaccine dose outside of clinical trials was administered Dec. 14, 2020. Biden was among the very first…but stated the vaccine didn’t exist “before” his presidency. He must have been having an “inherited” Anti-Trump dream during one of his daily naps. To date, 267 million doses have been given, according to the NPR vaccine tracker…that’s 119 million fully vaccinated (36% of all Americans). The growing vaccine-induced immunity is quickly adding to the existing exposure immunity that has been building since Jan. 21, 2020, when the first U.S. case of COVID-19 was reported.
Now is certainly the time to begin acknowledging our country is becoming less vulnerable to this pathogen. Because of such, we should determine mitigation strategies and risk of infection differently as more of the vulnerable become protected.
As Dr. Marty Makary, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal piece – when you extrapolate documented COVID-19 infections with seroprevalence studies and other modeling, it is likely about 55% of Americans have NATURAL immunity. THAT’S RIGHT…55% !!!
In combination with fast-growing vaccinated immunity, the data suggests we will hit herd immunity by early Summer, a conclusion echoed by former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb last week. While epidemiologists and other health care professionals are relishing the favorable decline in disease transmission, the rest of the country is wondering WHAT’S NEXT…?
Despite the likelihood the United States reaches a level of protective “herd” immunity by early Summer, Dr. June McKoy, a geriatric specialist from Northwestern said during an interview, “We will still need to socially distance and wear our masks. We should avoid our frail elders, because we just do not know the strength of their immune response to the vaccine and whether they have built up sufficient antibodies.”
During a White House press briefing last week Lord Fauci, Master of All Science said, “There are things, even if you’re fully vaccinated, that you’re not going to be able to do in society. For example, indoor dining, theaters, places where people congregate.” He further went on to say that unless the majority of people are vaccinated and viral transmission is “WAY DOWN,” he continues to recommend mask wearing…Biden’s, Fauci’s and the CDC’s mixed messaging is just another political maneuver to keep us ALL ON NOTICE.
It’s the old “Bait and Switch”…good cop – bad cop. Biden delivers one message, and right after Fauci delivers a different one. The “experts” refuse to relinquish COVID control…so the COVID POLICE do not think you should get ANY freedoms back unless you check every one of THEIR boxes.
Even corporate America is ganging up on Americans who refuse to comply. Target, Home Depot, Starbucks, Dollar General, Kroger, Gap, Ulta, Macy’s, Wal-Mart, CVC are among many companies still mandating masks regardless of being fully vaccinated. Blue State Tyrants like CA Governor Gruesome Newsom still mandates masks “outdoors”, as does Andrew Corleone Cuomo in NY…until further CDC recommendations(?) N.J. Governor Phil Murphy stated May 14 “we’ve come much too far to backslide now. So, we’re keeping our mask mandates in place.” And Liberal media is calling for vaccine passports and travel bans.
BUT are these data-driven recommendations or DOGMA?
Biden stated yesterday “You can be ‘mask free’ EXCEPT shopping, traveling, dining, or in school.” As did Fauci state “all kids indoor and outdoor interacting with one another must wear masks and social distance.” WTF!!!
A year into the pandemic we now have two populations, the immune and the non-immune. They carry different risks. It is extremely difficult to implement a single society-wide mask and distancing recommendation as we did in the past, with today’s immune and non-immune populations.
Questions remain as to how long immunity will last and if once immune if those people are still able to infect others. One recent study found that “natural” immunity is still present in people eight months after they were infected. Another study noted that the immune response to COVID-19 is comparable to those of who recovered from the original SARS in the early 2000s. Because of this, it is possible to deduce that there may be some level of long-term immunity to SARS-CoV-2 that may last for several years, as studies have shown for SARS.
While we don’t have enough data yet to confirm that vaccines result in much less transmission, vaccines are reaching 95% to prevent modest and severe infection. Transmissibility is linked to viral load. Thus, deductive reasoning would tell us that the transmission risk of a vaccinated person is Very Low. Further adding to the optimism about low transmission following vaccination; data from Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and AstraZeneca suggest a level of protection following vaccination against asymptomatic infection.
Yet, our Science Czar – The Sith Lord Fauci and The Evil Empire are still waxing and waning (hinging on the political climate of the moment) on whether we can do just that. Rising community immunity points toward liberation in the next few months.
So, What Is It Biden? Whatever looks best for Political Theatre…to keep us ALL on a short leash?
We should adapt public health measures to the background level of infection in the community. The percent of tests performed that are positive (percent positivity) is a critical measure illustrating how widespread transmission is in an area. Most state re-openings were based on percent positivity levels beginning May 2020 after the World Health Organization (CCP’s Puppet Regime) suggested that if the percent positive remains below 5% for at least two weeks, reopening “should” occur. Fast forward to now, newly reported Johns Hopkins data shows the seven-day average percent positivity in the United States is 3.9%, with daily numbers dipping below 3%. Currently over half of the U.S. states are reporting less than 3% positivity and soon many more are to follow.
Once local percent positivity levels are consistently below 5%, mask mandates and indoor restrictions should be “removed” …but Biden has NOT given us the green light. In a speech yesterday, Biden decreed that only “fully” vaccinated people can go outdoors mask free and mingle with other “fully” vaccinated people. But unvaccinated people would be mandated to wear masks indefinitely…including children. Biden’s twisted way in “punishing” those questioning (rightfully so) the risks and dangers of an “experimental” vaccine as it relates to their own personal health and personal choices.
It’s “Vaxxed or Masked” as Biden just posted on Facebook…desperately trying to relate to the youth who are his biggest hurdles.
The government is at “WITS-END” trying to get EVERYONE fully vaccinated now by enticing those on the sidelines with free French fries, free Uber rides, free paid time off work, gift cards, cash incentives, free saving bonds, and even a Million-Dollar Lottery! Maybe Pelosi should pitch in some of her boutique $14 a pint ice-cream. But then again, the Radical Left Mob stops at NOTHING to BUY EVERYONE with Free Stuff…Stimulus funny money, student loans, school grants in the millions to open for just “one” day, bailout money Harris raised that paid for anarchists all last summer to get out of jail after destroying multiple cities, the Border Crisis “money-train express” for droves of illegal refuges storming into the Biden’s Promised Land. The list is endless…ALL FOR VOTES.
ALL THIS AND MORE BEING PAID BY TAX-PAYER MONEY…AND THEY’RE HUNGRY TO STEAL MORE TO PAVE THEIR WAY TO REIGN SUPREME.
Until then, there is nothing stopping someone from choosing to wear a face mask, but when individuals with immunity are gathering together, self-selective masking should suffice as I have yet to see any conclusive data demonstrating masks to have anywhere near the effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 as seen with immunity. This should not come in the form of an “immunity passport” as there are many variables that would render them inaccurate, including some who have been exposed to the virus with “natural” immunity who do not realize it.
COVID 19 has been circulating the globe since January 2020 and is likely to become endemic, meaning that it will be with us for years to come. As with the flu and other endemic pathogens, we won’t get to an absolute ZERO risk reduction.
In the fall, new and existing viral variants threaten a future small outbreak, so science (hopefully mindful and honest) may need to reevaluate recommendations and modify vaccines based on localities the way Asian cultures have been doing for decades. Following the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s that killed 800 people, many Asian countries began having high risk individuals wear a mask when necessary as well as anyone with symptoms of a respiratory illness and those who have been in close contact with a known infected person.
Current evidence released by the World Health Organization points to the majority of individuals developing strong protective immune responses following natural infection with COVID 19. However, inaccurate immunodiagnostic tests may falsely indicate infected individuals as naïve to the virus (not previously infected) or may falsely label non-infected people as positive for immune markers of recent infection.
To conclude, available tests and current knowledge do not tell us about the duration of immunity and protection against reinfection, but recent evidence suggests that natural infection may provide similar protection against symptomatic disease as vaccination, at least for the available follow up period. The emergence of variants of concern poses challenges and their potential to evade immunity elicited by either natural infection or by vaccination, needs to be closely monitored.
The realistic goal is not to achieve an absolute – COVID ZERO, but rather to focus on mitigation efforts while moving forward WITHOUT social and corporate media corruption, Big Tech, Hollywood and Sports celebrities, politicians and government intervening and manipulating the TRUTH to further THEIR CAUSE.