Can You Get Natural Immunity after Catching COVID-19?

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Written by Bernie Carr

Now that I have experienced becoming severely ill after testing positive for COVID-19, I have been wondering whether I have acquired any natural immunity to COVID-19.

What the CDC says

It is important to note, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains you should still get vaccinated even if you have caught the virus:

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.


The recent study

The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio did a study including 52,238 of their employees. The study authors did not receive funding for they study. They included individuals who:

  • had COVID-19 and did not get the vaccine
  • Never had COVID-19 and got the vaccine

The study began Dec 16, 2020 and participants were followed for five months. It should be noted, the study did not include elderly and immune-compromised individuals, the participants were younger, working age individuals who worked in the healthcare industry.

The result

Over the five months covered by the study, none of the participants who had previously had COVID-19 got infected. The study concludes:

Individuals who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection are unlikely to benefit from COVID-19 vaccination, and vaccines can be safely prioritized to those who have not been infected before.

Source: Cleveland Clinic study

I’m not a doctor or healthcare professional, so I can only pass along credible studies or information that I have come across. Please do your own research or speak to your doctor on what is best for you.

For more in-depth details about the study, check out the video below by Dr. Keith Moran, an experienced and highly respected physician.

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About the author:

Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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