An interesting story has emerged in Austria, that is threatening to lock down the unvaccinated people in that country, as the number of COVID cases increases.
The new rules will effectively ban the unvaccinated from going to restaurants, getting their hair done or attending public events.
But there is one major exception. Breitbart reports that if an unvaccinated person had previously caught COVID, they will be considered vaccinated.
This is quite unusual, because most jurisdictions are refusing to acknowledge the natural immunity gained through having caught the COVID virus.
Though I think lockdowns are a mistake, it is a step in the right direction, as yet another study has determined that natural immunity gained from having caught the virus is superior to immunity gained through a vaccination.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Ajmera Transplant Centre, University Health Network, in Toronto, Canada.
As Daniel Horowitz noted in his article for The Blaze, transplant patients are particularly vulnerable to COVID infections, which is why hospitals are recommending those needing this type of procedure get vaccinated.
In their study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the researchers looked at the T-Cells in patients instead of just the antibodies, and found that the T-Cells in people who had previously been infected with COVID were much more robust than those who had just been vaccinated, but had not caught the virus.
T-Cells are a type of white blood cell that looks for cells that have been infected with a virus or bacteria and destroys them. These infected cells can turn into virus factories and start infecting other cells, increasing the infection. The T-Cells develop receptors from a previous infection or vaccine to determine which of the body’s cells have been infected.
The researchers found that the T-Cells in those who previously had COVID were much more prominent, than in those who had just been vaccinated.
“Overall, the researchers found a detectable antigen-specific T-cell response in SOTRs [solid organ transplant recipients] with prior immunity at a 41.4% greater frequency than in the vaccine-only group,” Horowitz wrote.
Horowitz adds, “we already have at least 122 studies attesting to the durability of immunity from prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, many of which clearly show that immunity to be much stronger and longer-lasting than vaccine-mediated immunity.”
Though vaccines may not be as effective as natural immunity, they still help your body fight off a serious infection if you catch the virus, that in turn provides a natural immunity.