How vaccine-induced immunity stacks up against natural immunity after an infection?

By Ivan Gazit, Roei Shlezinger, Galit Perez, Roni Lotan, Asaf Peretz, Amir Ben-Tov, Dani Cohen, Khitam Muhsen, Gabriel Chodick, Tal Patalon

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Experts advise people who’ve had COVID-19 to get vaccinated. Still, natural immunity seems to provide stronger, more lasting protection than vaccines alone.

And, it’s a staggering number: Nearly 39 million Americans have had confirmed coronavirus infections – almost 12% of the population.

A spate of new research suggests that natural infection can offer powerful long-term protection against the coronavirus, but that immunity isn’t guaranteed. So researchers still recommend a full vaccine course to lower the risk of reinfection for people who’ve had COVID-19 before.

Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19 – NIH Director's Blog

Here’s how to understand your immunity if you’ve had COVID-19.

READ: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262415v1

RELATED: https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S1473-3099%2821%2900460-6

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