If you are shocked by the idea that having a disease brings some degree of immunity with it, please stop reading right now as your heart may not be able to take the strain.
Via the New York Times, Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint:
How long might immunity to the coronavirus last? Years, maybe even decades, according to a new study — the most hopeful answer yet to a question that has shadowed plans for widespread vaccination.
Eight months after infection, most people who have recovered still have enough immune cells to fend off the virus and prevent illness, the new data show. A slow rate of decline in the short term suggests, happily, that these cells may persist in the body for a very, very long time to come.
The research, published online, has not been peer-reviewed nor published in a scientific journal. But it is the most comprehensive and long-ranging study of immune memory to the coronavirus to date.
“That amount of memory would likely prevent the vast majority of people from getting hospitalized disease, severe disease, for many years,” said Shane Crotty, a virologist at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology who co-led the new study.
One of the basic principles of immunology is that by generating an immune response, you gain immunity. This is not new, and it is hardly cutting edge medical theory. During the American Revolution, George Washington mandated that all Continental Army recruits receive a crude inoculation protecting them from smallpox. Vaccines work because they trigger the same immune response as the disease and that immune response is fairly long-lasting.
The implications of this study, in our current climate of anti-science fearmongering, though, is huge. No one who has had the disease needs to worry about wearing a face mask. Yes, Senator Rand Paul, an actual doctor, was right:
Rand Paul says millions of covid-19 survivors should throw away their masks: "We should tell them to celebrate" https://t.co/RDuTgWbIDz
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 13, 2020
If you’ve had the virus, you do not need to worry about social distancing. In fact, if you’ve had the virus, you probably don’t need the vaccine either.
More importantly, if the vaccines work, then there is zero reason to keep in place (as though there was now) any of the stupid and arbitrary restrictions on human and commercial activity no matter what the “public health” experts say.
All of this goes to demonstrate one key point. All of the measures taken in response to this virus that did not focus on prioritizing the protection of the most vulnerable were nothing more than theater. While Andrew Cuomo was happily shutting down Jewish funerals, he was doing nothing useful because, at the same time, he was slaughtering the sick and elderly on an industrial scale by deliberately, if not maliciously, exposing nursing home residents to the virus. The reason why these measures were put into place had one reason, they are conscious affronts to freedom and liberty that are carried out under the guise of protecting the population from a disease that poses virtually no risk to healthy people (read Dr. Anthony Fauci Says It Is Time for Americans to Shut the Hell up and Do What Their Betters Tell Them to Do).
CDC recently updated estimated infection fatality rates for COVID. Here are the updated survival rates by age group:
70+: 94.6% https://t.co/9RRLgsBHta
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 23, 2020
I fully expect this study to come under a full-court press from all sides. If it is correct, all the restrictions that are in place now will be of questionable value. By that, I mean more questionable than they already are. If the study is correct, then the market for the vaccine, instead of being a cash cow for Pharma, will be seen as redundant and unnecessarily risky by healthy people (full disclosure: I am not going to consent to be vaccinated for Chinese Lung AIDS until I’ve had time to see what adverse effects it has when administered to millions of people that do not include me). The water-is-wet, fire-is-hot find in this study poses a very real threat to the people trying to undercut our foundational freedoms under the pretense of keeping us safe. I don’t expect them to go quietly.