From the BBC comes a story that will have die-hard vaccine supporters choking on their tea. Catching covid could be better than being vaccinated year-in and year-out.
BBC health correspondent James Gallagher writes that there are marked differences in your immune system after a natural infection with coronavirus when compared to vaccination. He asks: which is better?
Gallagher says even asking the question bordered on heresy a year ago.
“Now, we’re no longer starting with zero immunity as the overwhelming majority of people have either been vaccinated or have already caught the virus,” he writes.
“It is now a serious question that has implications for whether children should ever be vaccinated. And whether we use the virus or booster shots to top up immunity in adults. Both have become contentious issues.”
Prof Eleanor Riley, an immunologist from the University of Edinburgh, says: “We could be digging ourselves into a hole, for a very long time, where we think we can only keep Covid away by boosting every year.”
The power-couple of the immune system that clears the body of infection are antibodies and T-cells. Antibodies stick to the surface of the virus and mark it for destruction. T-cells can spot which of our own cells have been hijacked by the virus and destroy them.
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