Natural COVID infection and active Immunity?

I got a natural COVID infection in September 2020. I wrote about my experience here.

I kept testing myself for antibody levels and saw that my levels remained detectable well over 8 months. Subsequently, I got busy with my regular Medical practice.

During the New Year celebrations, as a result of probably going to the theatre and then having dinner at a restaurant on the 27th December 2021, my wife and sister-in-law developed fever and body pain. Both are double vaccinated [COVISHIELD], but tested positive by RT PCR on 01/01/2022. My 15-year-old daughter Nancy who was not vaccinated also tested positive and developed high fever and body pain.

I was in the same room with my wife and daughter since my sister-in-law’s family also shifted to our house as soon as they got fever [They had come for a visit from Bangalore].

As soon as I came to know that I have been in contact with two RT PCR positive COVID cases, I did a few tests.

My COVID Antibody report of 2nd Jan 2022

The other blood tests were normal including CRP and CBC.

Observations:

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I do not have any other comorbidities like Diabetes or Heart disease.

I make sure I eat healthily, meditate on God’s word, and do regular exercise at the club.

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I play badminton and do a bit of gym daily in the morning.

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All-round exercise

I checked my Antibody levels periodically and they were positive.

Hence I did not take the vaccine, you can read about it by clicking here.

Even though I was exposed to the COVID virus in the last five days at home, I did not develop any signs or symptoms of COVID. And I believe this was the Omicron variant possibly, though labs in Mumbai do not yet classify variants of the Virus yet.

I am seeing many who have turned RT PCR positive in the last one week, and all of them have been vaccinated, some have even taken the booster from Pzifer in Dubai in December 2021.

And yet I have not yet seen a single patient who had COVID infection naturally, get RT PCR positive.

The vaccines available now do have their role to hopefully prevent the disease from progressing to complications, and hence I would recommend that you follow the guidelines and get yourself vaccinated, especially if you have not been naturally infected by COVID yet.

We do a lot of Home monitoring for COVID RT PCR positive by our medical team.

COVID HOME MONITORING

My observations are based on our extensive experience in handling COVID patients since the last 18 months through our home monitoring program,

Hope further research will be done on the role of natural active immunity in protecting against future COVID infections. God bless.

Published by Dr. S. P. Mathew

A Mumbai-based practising Physician, passionate about God's wonderful creation, fitness, and integral health, writer, activist and family man. Saved by God's Grace alone :-) to be his Ambassador.

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