This is the fourth month that we received an antibody test. As I mentioned previously, we began getting tested for antibody levels in February when my youngest son was sent home after having close contact with someone at his school who was diagnosed with Covid-19.
The school’s policy is to send home any unvaccinated child to quarantine for five days if they had not had Covid-19 within 90 days. Vaccinated children who were in close contact with a child with Covid-19 do not have to quarantine for five days, but rather are required to wear a mask in school.
The fact that he was sent home was really not the issue. It was, rather, the assumption built into the school’s health policy:
1) Vaccine-mediated immunity is better and longer-lasting than natural immunity.
2) If you have antibodies from natural immunity, you lose them in 90 days.
3) Not having antibodies means that you have lost your natural immunity.
All of these assumptions are incorrect.
After traveling back from Mexico in April 2022, I saw this 90-day fallacy on the State Department website. It said (and still says) that you do not need a negative Covid-19 test if you have documentation that you've had Covid-19 within 90 days and a doctor's note clearing you to travel.
To be clear, science says that natural immunity is superior to vaccine-mediated immunity. I talk about why this is here. And to be equally clear, I'm not against vaccinations in general. As I said last month, I am against basing policy on opinion and consensus over what scientific data clearly says.
The 90-day policy for the school and the State Department is a consensus-driven policy and is not based on what the science says.
Additionally, the CDC’s suggestion that people who have natural immunity also receive the vaccination is also a consensus-driven policy that’s not based in science. Their policy reads:
“Antibody testing is not currently recommended to assess for immunity to SARS-CoV-2 following COVID-19 vaccination or to assess the need for vaccination in an unvaccinated person. All eligible people should be vaccinated, including unvaccinated people who have previously been infected and have detectable antibodies.”
Does anyone else find this statement weird? Essentially, my paraphrase of the first part of the statement is: “We don’t recommend testing if you have the immune cells known to give you immunity to Covid-19 in order to determine if you have immunity to Covid-19.”
The second part of the statement clearly has the faulty thinking of #1 I listed above: vaccine-mediated immunity is superior to natural immunity. Again, it is not.
This is because even if you lose your antibody levels, you don’t lose your natural immunity due to memory B-cells and memory T-cells that proliferate upon a new exposure to Covid-19, which I discuss here. This is one of the pillars on which the whole scientific field of immunology is based.
In reference to the third point, you do not lose your antibodies in 90 days, which I discuss here, and this is why my boys and I are taking our antibody tests every month.
So, what were our antibody levels this month?
After having had Covid-19 in the beginning of both November and January, we all still had antibodies 120 days later when measured in May. We have not been vaccinated because I was waiting to read the clinical trial results from Pfizer that would normally be used for vaccine approval, and to do my due diligence prior to making any vaccination decision. With our having natural immunity now, there is no immunological/scientific reason for a vaccination.
After seeing my oldest son's antibody levels, he clearly had Covid-19 in April and was asymptomatic. Similarly, my youngest son and I clearly had Covid-19 in May. My youngest son was asymptomatic. I had what I thought a mild sinus issue, which was overshadowed by pain from my back going out. We tested the day we received our high antibody results with a rapid test and were negative.
What occurred with all three of us basically highlights all the points I made above: natural immunity is superior to vaccine-mediated immunity, and you don't lose your natural immunity after 90 days because you have memory cells that proliferate again once the virus (or a similar virus) is reintroduced to your system!
The goal is to measure our antibody levels every month and see when they end up dropping. Stay tuned for July's antibody level update!