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Does previously having COVID-19 affect your need for a booster?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Confusion continues throughout Southern Colorado right now, about whether or not to get a booster shot if you've already had COVID.

A person's immune reaction from having coronavirus is typically relatively strong for months. However, health officials say having a natural immunity isn't enough, encouraging people to get the COVID vaccine even if they've had the virus.

“There is no doubt, that by far, even for people who have recovered and made a really good immune reaction to the virus, getting an additional dose of the vaccine makes a big difference," said Dr. Michael Roschon, Vice President of Research Operations at Centura Health. "We can see antibody levels go about a thousandfold higher."

New studies are also shedding light on whether having COVID previously protects you more than the vaccine when it comes to reinfection.

“It’s consistent and the studies show that one: you can become reinfected, and two: even having had infection before, you’re still two times more likely to get COVID-19 if you weren’t vaccinated, so the vaccine is still highly protective," said Dr. Michelle Barron, Senior Medical Director of Infection Prevention at UCHealth.

Antibodies also rise in those who were vaccinated but got a breakthrough case. That person's immune system is now reactivated to the entire virus, not just to the spiked protein — which provides great immunity for most. However, if you recently had a breakthrough case, you shouldn’t wait 8 months to get a booster. If you're eligible, doctors recommend getting another dose 90 days after you originally got sick.

When it comes to natural immunity, experts are working hard to clear up any misconceptions.

“I think a lot of people are using that as an excuse not to get the vaccine because they sort of see it as more of the ‘holistic’ way of having this," said Dr. Barron. "COVID is bad. COVID has long-term effects. Even if you don’t end up in the hospital, there are more and more studies looking at individuals that have memory deficits and have exercise limitations. So relying on the ‘I got away with it the first time and I’m okay’ may not be what happens with Delta."

Overall, immunity is not "one size fits all." There are even people who get infected with coronavirus and produce no antibodies, which leaves them with zero protection. Health officials agree because of this, getting a vaccine is your best choice to avoid infection.

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Mallory Anderson

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  1. Funny, this is what I’ve been trying to get across for a few weeks now.
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    Perhaps some of you don’t realize that real experts publish their findings in medical journals, not on YouTube. Or do you need pictures to explain the words?

    1. Too bad those medical journals were not linked to showing any evidence whatsoever. Pictures of the evidence would help, or even actual information showing this as empirical evidence.

      1. Medical journals operate under a set of rules that differ from YouTube. Their audiences don’t need pictures to understand the content.

        1. Whereas the current standard seems to be providing no evidence whatsoever, written, picture or otherwise, just testimonials from people that still want to push the same narrative that has more holes than swiss cheese.

  2. Dubble Speek at its finest. For truth, read PRE-Covid studies on immunity to see what’s really going on here. Per usual, I had to rewrite this comment three times to cut out all the forbidden words KRDO censors.

    1. It’s really quite simple. MOST people will get SOME protection after being infected with Covid. This is often called “natural immunity”, because it doesn’t involve vaccines. But on average, those people are still over twice as likely to become re-infected with Covid than people who get vaccinated as well. That estimate comes from studies published by the CDC based on real numbers of re-infected people and their backgrounds. Your actual mileage may vary.

      1. This statement coming from what reviewed studies? The same Powers That Be that say there aren’t enough “studies” to prove efficacy of certain “forbidden” treatments that have been working since the onset of the man-made “leaked” virus, despite over 70 studies. Go to NIH studies PRE Covid and read what the peer reviewed studies say about “natural immunity”. The jab sham is a house of cards that will eventually come tumbling down.

        1. Not all “peers” in some journals are equal. And any pre-Covid studies don’t include hard data from actual patients who have been infected or re-infected as the case may be. This is a changing world, and the real information is constantly changing. If you don’t understand that, then I’m sorry. But it’s factual and part of reputable medical research.

          1. “Not all “peers” in some journals are equal.” Isn’t that akin to picking ang choosing what facts you wish to believe and which you do not wish to believe. If it is in a medical journal isn’t the article supposed to be rooted in scientific theory?

          2. There are some “Medical Journals” that don’t have the backing of real experts. They are set up in an attempt to persuade ignorant people that they are reputable. That’s why there’s a network of experts whose reputation is unquestionable to the real world.

          3. So you pick and choose, but don’t listen to all of the experts.
            Aside from listening and or reading all of the facts, How is that different than what you claim is the fault with what your opposition also does?
            Do you see the difference yet or should I keep attempting to help you get there RC.

    2. words within words here tri off the auto-moderation
      A ssociated – A S S
      Sat urd ay -T U R D
      Const itution- T I T
      and of course some of the seven dirty words you can’t say on TV

      1. Other common words that trigger it include:
        Circ u mstances or Inc u mbent
        P o r nography
        B u t ton
        Cons p i cuous
        C r a p
        And so many common words that include A S S that’s it’s ridiculous!

          1. Ah! Perhaps that’s why commenting is disallowed here on articles provided by the AP.

  3. So no proof, no data, just a statement of “Trust us”. This isn’t news there is no facts presented, just opinions from the same people that have been pushing their same rhetoric they have pitched since the beginning. Nothing to see here. Provide evidence!

    1. Exactly. Been seeing statements sans proof with most statements from CDC, FDA, etc. lately. I’ve been looking at studies out of India and Israel because, unlike the US, they are tracking covid breakthrough cases and hospitalizations of the “vaccinated” and it’s not looking good.

  4. ““I think a lot of people are using that as an excuse not to get the vaccine because they sort of see it as more of the ‘holistic’ way of having this,” said Dr. Barron. “COVID is bad. COVID has long-term effects. Even if you don’t end up in the hospital, there are more and more studies looking at individuals that have memory deficits and have exercise limitations. So relying on the ‘I got away with it the first time and I’m okay’ may not be what happens with Delta.””
    Boy this Doc sure knows how to paint a picture of long-term financial interdependence with our nation and Big Pharma. Why would we not want to trust this Doc, Big Pharma, and our government regarding this topic? I mean he lays it out for us, we will be interdependent upon them making sure we receive our most up-to-date booster every 6 months, forever. Seems reasonable…

    1. also, realize this:
      a couple of months ago- an independent panel of about 7 people was used by the FDA to discuss upcoming “FDA Approvals” at least 5 of them quit this panel because they vehemently disagreed with the FDA about approving these “shots” for kids. One member of the panel stated that the FDA never intended to listen to them- the FDA simply bobbed their heads and proceeded against this panels’ advice to approve it. This panel is purposely made up of professionals in several fields who are not “yes men”. Now the FDA has a “new independent panel”. This is what happened-its the truth.

      1. Sure. It’s why “natural immunity” is not as marketable for Big Pharma as a booster vaccine that needs to be re-upped every 6 months, for every one of our 333,558,957 American citizens. Lowballing at $20.00 a dose, that only means profit nationally of ~$6,671,179,140.00. Imagine worldwide profits! But this is about medicine and not profit.

          1. Well if everyone just got the Pfizer vaccination at that price that would only cost the nation $20,013,537,420.00 every six months. These vaccine mandates are not about profit, it is totally imbedded in science…

          2. …or if not re-upped after every 6 months…Keep the revenue flowing, for our safety.

  5. Unexpected departures of credible nonpolitical staff have exacerbated tensions within crucial government agencies; the departures of Nancy Messonnier and Anne Schuchat at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came shortly after leadership changes prompted by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Biden’s CDC director. Such departures are not unusual when they occur over months or years in the normal pitter-patter of government. But when four scientists and physicians at two of the most important United States agencies leave during the middle of a pandemic with no ready transition plan or heirs apparent, there is clearly a need to look to the agencies’ leadership. In this case, the FDA lacks the necessary leadership in the Office of the Commissioner, and the public will pay a price for it.

  6. Does this remind any of you of a certain poster? Just sayin…there are a few clues!

    Instead of facing reality, the delusional person would rather live in their world of make-believe. But in order to keep faking reality, they’ll have to make sure that everyone else around them also pretends to live in their imaginary world.

    In simpler words, the delusional person rejects reality. And in this rejection of reality, others have to play along with how they view the world, otherwise, their world will not make sense to them. It’s why the delusional person will get angry when they face someone who doesn’t conform to their world view

      1. Absolutely not Fcn…you seem to be able to express valid thoughts and points for both sides of the fence. Thanks!

      2. Can’t you wee the thinly veiled reference to me? He’s been posting this same thing all over this site, because he still has nothing constructive to say.

  7. I don’t know what word wouldn’t let me post; so
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    1. HERE IS YOUR POST-you missed an a s s in as su med

      if a person contracted COVID and recovered the natural way, the blood banks want you to donate convalescent plasma to help those with severe COVID to survive.

      I consider the long-hauler symptoms. I would much rather have long-hauler symptoms than to have a severe adverse reaction. The long-haulers can receive treatment. The vaccine injured are ignored, silenced, and sent for a mental evaluation. They can’t get the care they need and are permanently disable. Many can’t walk, have seizures, are in constant pain, have tics, have tremors, have paralysis, etc. I’ll take being short of breath over that, and that’s as suming that I’ll contract COVID and have a nasty case which is a very small chance versus 100% exposure to injection. If you want to know where I get the information about the vaccine injured since it is being severely suppressed in our country, use a VPN, route through Sweden, use duckduckgo for a search engine, and type in “vaccine injury.” It’s quite terrifying how much of it is happening. Even children who volunteered for the Pfizer trials that are severely disabled now cannot get the help they need.

      In any case, my God made a way for me and my family to continue. I knew he would, and He did. I’d share how He did, but why invite mocking from those that hate my God and me, and those that believe will rejoice with me anyways.

    2. I would love to know.
      I am still here typing and that should have been a ghost story but I am still here and thriving.
      fcnshare at gmail dot com

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