I got struck down. Like nothing I’ve ever felt before. I was bedridden; I couldn’t taste or eat. I had to excuse myself from a board room meeting because I wasn’t feeling well. I’ve never whimpered out, I’ve never let illness be an excuse, but there I was, sick and needing a way out.
I left. I spent a week in bed. I canceled all news appearances. I couldn’t respond to texts. My boys, then 8 and 7 years old, caught it too. I took them to the pediatrician, who assured us, this was an awful flu season. Although we all tested negative for the flu, there were variants. It was late January 2020.
We had the coronavirus. This I know. None of us had comorbidities, so within 12 days, we had all recovered. We went on with life until there was actually a government shutdown because of a fear of an unknown virus unleashed from China. Fifteen days to slow the spread.
Antibodies test? I couldn’t get one. They were all sourced from the Communist Party of China, of which my doctor assured me we couldn’t trust. As soon as the pandemic plagued us, I wanted to know, did I have it or not? I was out of luck. Antibody tests are still scarce, and instead of pushing them to see how many Americans have built a natural immunity, the Biden administration insists we all get shots.
Of the millions of unvaccinated, it is estimated that roughly half have natural immunity from a prior infection. A February study in Nature used antibody screenings in the summer of 2020 and found there had been seven times as many actual cases as confirmed cases – meaning more people had contracted and survived COVID-19 than had confirmed positive COVID-19 tests. In New York, a study by the University of Albany and New York State Department of Health found 23% of the city’s population had antibodies by the end of March 2020 – the first month of New York’s pandemic.
Yet, when discussing herd immunity, the federal government refuses to discuss natural immunity – or even build these numbers into their health equations. Dr. Anthony Fauci estimates 70% to 85% of the population will have to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity, but he ignores those who have already contracted the virus. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has also played down natural immunity, underestimating it by half in a February interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Our public health overlords insist vaccinations are the only way. If they even bring up natural immunity, we dummies may be disincentivized to get a shot. They don’t want us to have an excuse, so they’d rather control us with misleading stats and figures.
Still, natural immunity deserves to be discussed. A Public Health England study found less than 1% of 6,614 health care workers who had COVID-19 developed reinfection within five months – these are the folks on the front lines working with infected patients daily. Is it a wonder why many have refused the vaccination? A Cleveland Clinic study published in June found that not one of the 1,359 unvaccinated people previously infected with COVID-19 contracted the virus. They concluded, “individuals who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection are unlikely to benefit from COVID-19 vaccination.”
Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease physician and professor at the University of California, suspects natural immunity is lifelong, meaning no booster shots will be needed.
Yet here we are. If I travel to New York City, I will be denied service at restaurants, won’t be allowed to attend the theatre or workout in a gym, all because I refuse to get an unapproved, experimental vaccination for an illness I’ve already had.
If our government officials were honest, they would push antibody tests with the same veracity as vaccinations. Instead, they’ve become fearmongers on behalf of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, all while downplaying the body’s natural ability. It’s malfeasance at the highest level.
• Kelly Sadler is the commentary editor at the Washington Times.