If you think natural immunity to COVID will protect against new variants, think again!

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If you think natural immunity to COVID will protect against new variants, think again!

A new study warns that the Delta coronavirus variant can evade natural immunity.

The Washington Post reports that, according to a new study published in Nature, the Delta COVID-19 variant “has mutations that allow it to evade some of the neutralizing antibodies produced by . . . a natural infection.”

Although a single shot of a two-dose vaccine “‘barely’ offers any protection,” the study also “found that fully vaccinated people – with the recommended regimen of two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccine – should retain significant protection against the delta variant.”

This echoes another report written by a collaboration of scientists in the United States and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The New York Times reports that in the study, “researchers tested how well antibodies produced by natural infection and by coronavirus vaccines neutralize the Alpha, Beta and Delta variants, as well as a reference variant similar to the original version of the virus.”

The bottom line, as I’ve been telling you again and again, even if you’ve had COVID, don’t fail to get the vaccine.


This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2021. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.

 

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