My daughter asked me last week about the possibility of becoming reinfected with coronavirus. She had recovered quickly from it in February. I told her that there is not much out there, but a few cases have been reported.
Today I noticed a study from Denmark on this topic.
https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210318/covid-reinfections-rare-but-riskiest-after-65. What protects us from getting any virus? Our immune system. What diminishes the intensity level of any disease? Our immune system. It is not a surprise when a study tells us that people over the age of 65 have a higher risk of becoming reinfected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00575-4/fulltext. When you are young, and your immune system is working well, you can survive most diseases and live a long healthy life. The immune system protects you against reinfection in most cases. Sometimes, new viruses or variants of old viruses might cause a problem.
What have we seen with infections from coronavirus? Roughly 75% of under the age of 64 have become infected with the virus. Around fourteen percent are over 65 years of age caught the disease. Why such a disparity? The obvious reason is that there are a lot more people alive under the age of 65. However, there is more to the story – read on!
One reason is the immunocompromised health of older adults. Obesity accounts for over half the deaths. https://consumer.healthday.com/3-3-covid-death-rates-10-times-higher-in-countries-where-most-are-overweight-report-2650888507.html.
The records of four million Danes who had become infected with coronavirus were analyzed to determine reinfection rates. Overall, less than 1% of those infected contracted the disease a second time. Those over 65 years of age are more at risk than those younger.
During the second viral surge, 1.2% of first-line health care workers succumbed to the disease a second time. Yes, it is possible to get COVID-19 twice (or more), but it is rare. Variants are still being evaluated against those having had the virus and those vaccinated.
Demographics of Interest
https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#demographicsovertime. We had two COVID-19 surges in the United States. The first started almost one year ago and lasted two and a half months. The second began before Thanksgiving and ended after the new year started. When you remove the deaths by age for people over 65, the number of deaths is relatively flat with a very slight increase during the two surges, but not enough to write home about.
COVID-19 can be a deadly disease for older people with compromised immune systems. Overweight and cardiovascular issues lead to the parade of health challenges that contribute to hospitalizations and death associated with coronavirus.
Why should we not expect reinfections with people who have severely weakened immune systems? The first level of defense has been eradicated.
Infection provides immunity to a degree. It depends on your immune system. Vaccines provide immunity also. A vaccine may be better than natural immunity, and it will take time to assess how long a person is immune from coronavirus because of infection or vaccination.
If you are over 65 years of age and in good health, the odds are with you to survive this pandemic and any follow-on outbreaks of this virus. However, if dangerous or life-threatening health conditions challenge your health, then you should continue to protect yourself as much as possible, even having taken the vaccine.
Food is the primary way we protect our bodies from foreign invaders. We need over 30 nutrients daily to provide all the ingredients for a healthy body. I am passing 90 hours into my monthly 72-hour-fast this morning. I fast with water and unsweetened iced tea only. I schedule 72 hours and usually end up over one hundred or one hundred and twenty. I reassess how many hours of fasting I will continue each day.
Why did I mention fasting and eating foods to build or rebuild an immune system? Extended fasting rebuilds the immune system from scratch. Around 72 hours, the body surmises that it needs to take action to protect itself. It begins a purge of nonfunctioning and damaged cells. More information is found at https://news.usc.edu/63669/fasting-triggers-stem-cell-regeneration-of-damaged-old-immune-system/.
I have been doing an extended monthly fast for almost three years. Our immune system is our first line of defense. Know how to build it up and keep it at high levels to ward off any strange or unfamiliar interlopers wandering around inside your bodies.
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