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Senator Rand Paul has repeatedly claimed that People like him who have been infected and recovered from COVID-19 have natural immunity and do not need vaccination against the coronavirus.

However, the reality of the situation was complicated. and recent research This suggests that people who were previously infected can still benefit from being vaccinated.

There is still a lot of research being done on the coronavirus that has triggered the epidemic. This includes asking how long natural immunity lasts and the protection it provides over time.

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This is a generally accepted fact, as Paul pointed out. People who have been infected with COVID-19 in the past get natural immunity from it.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said “Experts don’t yet know how long you’ll be protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.”

After all, this is a new disease that was discovered less than two years ago.

The World Health Organization says people who are already infected should be vaccinated against the coronavirus unless their health care provider says they shouldn’t.

The WHO website says, “Even if you’ve been infected before, The vaccine also acts as a booster that strengthens the immune system.”

Paul defended his highly publicized decision not to be vaccinated against coronavirus in this week’s Courier Journal column.

“So when I go out to the press and say that I am a cured coronavirus patient, Won’t get a vaccine that isn’t proven to help me or even prove I need it — science denials, government officials, and the media tend to go nuts. Kentucky’s Republican Senator wrote. “I choose to follow science with COVID. instead of succumbing to fear.”

However, recent research This indicates that people who have been previously infected with COVID-19 and have gained some degree of natural immunity. still can benefit from vaccination

The New York Times reported this week: “Immune to coronavirus lasts at least a year. may be lifelong It improves over time, especially after vaccination. According to two new studies … joint studies suggest that most people who have recovered from Covid-19 and those who were later vaccinated will not need boosters.”

The results of one of these two studies “It is recommended that those who have recovered from COVID-19 and was subsequently vaccinated. will continue to receive a very high level of protection against emerging species. even without the booster vaccine,” per The New York Times.

meanwhile The Penn Institute of Immunology released the results of the study in April. which shows that those who “Recovered from COVID-19 There was a strong antibody response” after a single dose of two doses of coronavirus vaccine.

“Results indicate that a single dose of the vaccine in people recovering from COVID-19 may be sufficient to induce the maximum immune response,” the statement said. “This is likely due to the primary immune response due to natural infection.”

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The possibility of single-use vaccines for previously infected people is still being investigated.

Researchers are investigating whether vaccination against the coronavirus helps alleviate persistent “COVID-19” symptoms that some people experience after contracting COVID-19.

There have been brief reports of people whose long-term symptoms improved after vaccination. and researchers are considering

In his Courier Journal column this week, Paul cites a number of promising research findings on the effectiveness of natural immunity.

For example, the senator cites a study sponsored by researchers at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology, which showed evidence of persistent immunity for people who have been infected before.

“Researchers found durable immune responses in most people studied,” according to a National Institutes of Health news release. “As seen in previous studies The number of antibodies is vast among individuals. But it is likely that antibody levels will remain relatively stable over time. with a slight decrease 6 to 8 months after infection.”

In his Courier Journal column, Paul also highlights the high likelihood that someone who is already infected with COVID-19 will get it again. which is part of his reason for skipping the coronavirus vaccine

Paul was right in finding that cases of people who contracted COVID-19 a second time were rare. Still, the CDC and other public health experts have noted that reinfection is possible, although unlikely. can go

After all Whether to get the coronavirus vaccine now or not is a personal choice.

over: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine due to natural immunity.

Paul has decided not to accept. Claiming that his previous COVID-19 infection last year was his main reason.

However, his decision did not meet the recommendations of the CDC, WHO and many public health experts. It said people who had been previously infected should still be vaccinated against the dangerous virus.

Contact Morgan Watkins reporter: 502-582-4502; mwatkins@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @morganwatkins26.

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