If you remember back to when COVID-19 and its subsequent pandemic was first found in America and people began discussing how to handle it, the term ‘herd immunity’ might come to mind. It was discussed much in those recent days, as it is, after all, the main goal here, to achieve a population that is vastly immune to the novel virus.
The question was, how do we achieve herd immunity in the quickest and safest fashion. Do we let the body’s natural ability to build up antibodies do the work for us, or should we introduce a vaccine?
Of course, we all know what the answer to that was.
In record time, a matter of 10 months, no less, the world had not one but several “viable” vaccines to choose from, all supposedly able to prevent the virus from attacking us and making us ill.
But here we are nearly a year later, with vaccines being practically mandated in several areas and by some employers, and herd immunity has still not been achieved. As a result, people are still getting sick and being infected by COVID-19.
In fact, recent data from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and numerous other health-related studies show that a whopping percentage of those now being infected are those who are fully vaccinated.
Take a recent outbreak in Provincetown, Massachusetts, for example.
Here, a whopping 346 out of 469 COVID cases were reported to be in fully vaccinated individuals. So just to put that in perspective for you, that’s 74 percent.
In Israel, similar numbers were seen, with some 78 percent of all those with COVID who were 12 and older being fully vaccinated. And don’t think for a second, it’s because they have access to different vaccines overseas. Almost all of those fully vaccinated individuals had been double jabbed with the ever-popular Pfizer vaccine.
Neurologist and neuroscientist Dr. Michael Segal explains why this is possible.
According to him, the vaccine does a fairly good job at getting our bodies to stimulate an internal immunity. It’s why, when a fully vaccinated person gets the disease, they are usually asymptomatic or have a fairly mild case of it.
However, the vaccine does nothing to prevent the mucus membranes in our mouth and noses from coming into contact and then contracting the virus, which is also how it is spread.
In contrast, when an unvaccinated person contracts the virus, they may have a more severe reaction, maybe not. However, when they recover, and in 99% percent of all cases, recovery is fully expected, their body has built up natural immunities or antibodies that pretty much guarantee them to be immune, that is unless another strand, such as the Delta variant, isn’t introduced.
As Dr. Segal says, this makes natural immunity much more likely to protect any individual from COVID-19, Delta variant or not, than the vaccine. Additionally, the fact that millions of Americans have now gotten the vaccine and not the actual virus means that herd immunity is nearly impossible.
He wrote in an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal on Monday, “All this has implications for public-health authorities’ determination to achieve herd immunity through vaccination alone.”
He further explained that using data from the recent Massachusetts outbreak, the CDC found that “viral loads in the nose were ‘similarly high’ in the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, suggesting that the vaccine’s efficacy against infection in the nose had fallen to zero with the advent of the Delta variant.”
So what is to be done to achieve the lofty goal of herd immunity?
Well, according to Segal, herd immunity won’t happen “unless more people get infected and develop natural immunity of both types” of the disease, which is what several top scientists and doctors have been saying from the get-go.
As Segal says, our national officials and leaders have been “rightly reluctant” to let this happen, and so those speaking out like Segal have been silenced in one way or another.
But that doesn’t mean we can just ignore the science or shun those who haven’t been vaccinated. On the contrary, they alone may be the key to America’s public health success.