Study: Natural Immunity Proves More Effective Against Breakthrough Cases Than Vaccines

An evident spike in COVID cases around the nation has raised questions about the United States prioritizing mask mandates and vaccination rates. Inoculation continues to mitigate serious effects from COVID, but in the long-term picture, it is still not as effective as natural immunization.

COVID restrictions and vaccination efforts have been the lead metrics in our nation's response to the new wave, while a focus on natural immunization gets pushed to the background.

A study out of Israel looked at breakthrough cases and concluded that these cases were likelier among the vaccinated compared to those with natural immunity. The data emerges as Israel experiences an ongoing spike in cases, despite one of the best vaccination rates in the world.

As of Saturday, 51 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID, compared to 60 percent from Israel.

According to Unherd, the study observed data from over 76,000 Israelis, who were divided into three groups: "the doubly vaccinated (with the Pfizer vaccine), the previously infected but unvaccinated, and the previously infected with only a single vaccine dose."

The data strongly cautioned that people unaffected by the virus but with full vaccination status were much more susceptible to contract a breakthrough case of COVID. This group had a 13.06 times higher likelihood of getting infected compared to those with natural immunity — following three months of observation.

Authors from the study declare, “This study demonstrated that natural immunity confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant."

Data provided by Maccabitech Institute and Tel Aviv University

With a rise in cases also affecting the American strategy to fight COVID, we must fully embrace natural immunity rather than splitting the population between the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

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