Monday, November 8, 2021

Re: Natural Immunity vs. vaccination

My friend wrote:

"John, my friend,


It appears that what we have here "is a failure to communicate" as said by Paul Neuman in the movie "Cool Hand Luke".  It is probably my fault.


I was not arguing for or against vaccinations in the beginning of this email stream but rather for natural immunity in a smaller percentage of the population after the majority have been vaccinated.  In other words, I was making an evaluation of circumstances as they are at the present time not at the beginning of the pandemic.  However I will make my case for natural immunity over immunity from vaccinations later in this epistle 😊


I have listened to several virologists and epidemiologist who are experts and very respected in their field of viruses and epidemics, etc. who claim the very worst thing that can happen to create variants of a disease is to vaccinate a population that is already suffering to a large extent from the disease.  Natural selection will then select the mutations that can resist the vaccine in the population that is currently infected with the original variant(s).  They claim that it is the vaccinated that are creating the variants.  Who knows ?  This is one reason we try to anticipate the next flu virus and offer flu vaccinations before the next flu season hits, not after the flu season is fully underway.  Now I do not want to get into a debate as to whether this is true or not.  I just throw it out there as one point of view.   


All I was saying previously is that any new cases of COVID at this point in time add to the herd immunity as a whole as long as the infected person does not die.  Those that are compromised should take measures to be extra careful to avoid infection.  The rest of the population does have a death rate well below 1%.  And the death rate in children ages 5 thru 12 is so small it is almost not existent.  The first rule of medicine is to do no harm.  The probability of blood clots, heart failure, and other  adverse reactions to the vaccination in children though very small is still greater than the probability of these children dying from COVID.  I agree with the researchers and doctors who say that vaccinating children for COVID given the risk of side effects with no significant benefit to these children is medical malpractice or malfeasance.  Leave the children alone.  99.99 % percent of them will be just fine.  The other 0.001% or so can be treated effectively with medications that are now available to treat COVID.



As for "Natural Immunity":  there is a raging debate about which is better, natural immunity or immunity from the COVID vaccination.  One does not encounter both sides of this debate on the Main Stream Media, establishment, and government sponsored adds that seem to have just one objective in mind above all other points of view and that objective is to get everyone (100%) vaccinated.  This has driven them to censor all of the debate to the contrary.


However on "free speech media" one hears the other points of view of very excellent experts trying to get the truth out to the public.  It is a very daunting task given the power of the Main Stream Media.  Historically, almost 100 % of virus epidemics have achieved natural immunity that lasts for years and even for a life time according to many experts who have worked in this field for their entire careers (i.e. decades).  I personally believe all of the effort to malign natural immunity is once again a singular focus to vaccinate 100% of the public and any arguments to the contrary are seen as a threat to this effort.  In other words, "extreme bias".    The experts who support the superiority of natural immunity compared to the vaccination describe the science and process by which this is achieved with the B cells and the T cells that maintain memory of the virus long after the antibodies fade away. Antibodies can then be created again very rapidly the next time the same virus or a variant presents itself in the future.   I do believe this science and these explanations.  I do not believe those who try to demean natural immunity due to their agenda and heavy bias.  Sure I have confirmation bias as well, but I am not a fool and I study the science very critically as it is presented.  I find all kinds of flaws in narrative from Big Pharma, CDC, FDA, AMA, WHO, HIH, and Main Stream Media who are all "hell bent' on getting us all vaccinated.  Their arguments when examine closely are often shallow,  outdated, or sensationalized to create urgence for the COVID vaccination and sometimes the information they present is an absolute lie given the current knowledge about the pandemic.  For instance: the adds on KSL Channel 5 New etc. that say the Phizer vaccine is 95 % effective, when Phizer themselves now claim it is only 65 % effective and dropping every day.  This is why so may of the vaccinated are coming to hospital with COVID.  In Whales, Israel, Iceland, etc. who are heavily vaccinated, over half of those coming to the hospitals with COVID are now the vaccinated.  The promotors of the vaccination are now saying that to  achieve permanent immunity the public may need to continue getting booter shots for the unforeseen future to counter all the future variants.  I would much rather have natural immunity against all of the variants that may last me for years and probably the rest of my life depending on who you listen too.  The fact is however that a lot of the vaccinated don't appear to have they immunity they were promised by the promotors of the COVID vaccinations as proven by current events.  I've said enough.


Thank you for your concern about my health.  I wish the best for you as well."


Your friend"

I wrote:

I understood the nuances of your original email.  Knowing that you are anti-vaccine, I was trying to point out that relying on natural immunity alone is a bad way to go.  There haven't been enough infections to develop any kind of herd immunity.  We are not going to get herd immunity with only 10% of the country recovered from COVID.  Experts were saying that it would take at least 80% of the population to have herd immunity.  Such a scenario would result in the death of millions just in this country.

Saying that we should be glad to see more active cases seems like bad logic.  It is like saying that in order to avoid getting the disease and risk dying, we have to get the disease and risk dying.   It is like saying that we should be glad that more people are going to die.

I was really hoping that you would see the logic in my argument.

I expect both "natural" and vaccine immunity to wane over time.  (It is not clear if COVID is actually "natural", although it probably is.)  The fact that it wanes is not an argument against vaccination.  I can get a new vaccination every 6 months or so, and I already have.  However, I don't want to get COVID once or twice a year just to stay immune.  Even if the natural immunity lasted 2 or 3 years, which is way beyond what experts are predicting, getting COVID every couple of years is still a bad tradeoff compared to the vaccine.

I have had three vaccinations with no side effects other than a sore arm for about a day and a half.  It is not quite as bad as the shingles vaccine, but it is more intense than other vaccines and I'm okay with that.  (Normally the flu shot is no worse than a mosquito bite, but for some reason, it was worse this year, and the nurse who gave me the shot even acknowledged this.)

I question some of the sources that you look at, especially the ones you have sent me already.  There are people who either make a living or promote themselves by telling people what they want to hear.

I was talking to a local friend last night and I asked why he did not want to get vaccinated.  He quoted just about every form of corruption that you can think of, some of which don't have anything to do with the pandemic.  However, corruption doesn't matter.  Who gets rich doesn't matter.  What matters is if the risk of the vaccine is lower than the risk of getting COVID and suffering from it, which it is by many orders of magnitude.  The exact amount of risk of debatable, but the evidence shows that vaccine risk comes nowhere close to the risk of COVID.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

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