Since the outbreak of COVID-19, one phrase we have heard over and over again is…”follow the science.” Whether it has been associated with mask wearing, social distancing, vaccine mandates or reopening schools and large venues, the mantra from the WHO (World Health Organization), the CDC and other governmental bodies has been “follow the science.” But do our actions support our “follow the science” doctrine?
First, let me state unequivocally that choosing to become vaccinated is a personal choice, and should not be mandated by any government or commercial enterprise. What should be provided, however, is the truth, so individuals can make good decisions with the counsel of their medical practitioner.
There is an enormous divide around COVID-19 vaccine mandates, the implication of not being vaccinated and placing others at risk, and the risk of not being vaccinated and being limited in what you can do or where you can do, even being fired from a job. It’s placing people in a very difficult position while taking a very draconian path without stopping and assessing the science. So, let’s review what we know:
- Globally, as of October 27, 2021, there have been 245 million reported cases of COVID-19, of which 227.5 million had a reported outcome. Of these 227.5 million cases, almost 223 million people have recovered, which means a 98% recovery rate. In the USA, there have been 46.5 million cases, of which 37.1 million cases had an outcome, including 36.4 million recoveries (98%).
- COVID-19 Vaccines are not, in any way, a guarantee, nor are they foolproof. In fact, we have seen multiple examples across the world where highly vaccinated populations have spread COVID-19 and accounted for an alarming rate of hospitalizations.
- COVID-19 Vaccines show a precipitous drop-off in efficacy in a relatively short period of time.
- Between Dec 14, 2020, and Aug 8, 2021, of 4 920 549 individuals assessed for eligibility, we included 3 436 957 (median age 45 years [IQR 29–61]; 1 799 395 [52·4%] female and 1 637 394 [47·6%] male). For fully vaccinated individuals, effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 infections was 73% (95% CI 72–74) and against COVID-19-related hospital admissions was 90% (89–92). Effectiveness against infections declined from 88% (95% CI 86–89) during the first month after full vaccination to 47% (43–51) after 5 months. Among sequenced infections, vaccine effectiveness against infections of the delta variant was high during the first month after full vaccination (93% [95% CI 85–97]) but declined to 53% [39–65] after 4 months. Effectiveness against other (non-delta) variants the first month after full vaccination was also high at 97% (95% CI 95–99), but waned to 67% (45–80) at 4–5 months. Vaccine effectiveness against hospital admissions for infections with the delta variant for all ages was high overall (93% [95% CI 84–96]) up to 6 months.Vaccine mandates for all people do not account for the, literally, 200 million (!) people across the world who have become infected with COVID-19, of which ____% have recovered. This is particularly important because of the natural immunity that comes when a human body is able to overcome a pathogen and formulate an internal inoculation.
- There is wide acknowledgement that the vaccines have limitations, hence the increasing recommendation for “booster” shots among those that are already “fully vaccinated.”
The Science of Naturally Acquired Immunity
While the above information helps us understand issues and limitations of the vaccines, what it does not help us understand is whether those who have recovered from COVID-19 have natural immunity, and whether that natural immunity is effective?
The Brownstone Institute has compiled 91 research studies, across the world, that affirms natural acquired immunity to COVID-19. These are separate studies, across multiple populations, with hundreds of thousands of patients, including COVID-19 variants, and the results are extremely consistent: Naturally-acquired immunity to COVID-19 is AT LEAST as powerful as any vaccine, and in many cases, showcases an enhanced level of inoculation vs. vaccines.
So, if we really are “following the science”, then we need to ask some key questions:
- If there are 90+ studies that demonstrate the power of natural immunity, why are we making those who have legitimately had and recovered from COVID-19 get a vaccine?
- Why are we threatening populations with more lock-downs, school closures, travel restrictions, job losses and placing our global economy at risk if people don’t get vaccines, especially with the high recovery rates and the natural immunity that comes from having and recovered from COVID-19?
- Why haven’t we embraced a portfolio approach to treatment (including vaccines) to broadly include monoclonal antibodies, Ivermectin and other “bridge” treatments that can help prevent severe symptoms and encourage recovery while generating natural immunity?
- Why are government bodies not being much more transparent about why people are at high risk for COVID-19, and the lifestyle changes they can make to reduce their risk factors?