It is not known whether natural immunity can stop the COVID-19 infection as well as the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Does natural immunity stop COVID-19?
Fauci said on CNN last week that he was unsure whether people naturally infected with COVID-19 have a lower risk of contracting the virus compared to those who received the vaccine.
- “I don’t have a really firm answer for you on this. This is something we’re going to have to discuss regarding the sustainability of the response, ”Fauci said.
Fauci said it was possible for someone to be infected naturally and not be as protected as long as someone who received the vaccine.
- “I think this is something we need to sit down and seriously discuss,” he added.
Is natural immunity stronger than the COVID vaccine?
Scientists have looked at how well people with natural immunity respond to COVID-19 infections in recent weeks.
According to NPR, there are a series of more recent studies that have found that a person can achieve “an extraordinarily powerful immune response” to the coronavirus if they have been naturally infected and given the COVID-19 vaccine.
- “One could reasonably predict that these people will be fairly well protected against most – and possibly all – of the variants of SARS-CoV-2 that we are likely to see in the foreseeable future,” Paul Bieniasz, virologist at the University Rockefeller who helped lead the research for several of these studies, NPR said.