A study done in Israel that is not yet peer reviewed found that people who had been infected with COVID-19 had greater protection than vaccinated people against becoming reinfected with the virus’ delta variant…politifact.com, “New Israeli study finds fully vaccinated people are at ‘greater risk of hospitalization’ and 13 times more likely to catch COVID-19 than those who have recovered and have natural immunity.”, Carolyn Crist, 2021

A headline circulating online contends that a study done in Israel shows that people who have recovered from COVID-19 have more protection from the virus than those who’ve only been vaccinated.

The headline accurately reflects some of the study’s findings but ignores the study’s limitations, including that only one vaccine was tested, and that other studies have found that COVID-19 poses much greater danger to people who have not been vaccinated.

Without that context, the headline leaves the impression that it’s safer to get COVID-19 and hope to recover than to try to avoid it by getting vaccinated. That’s not true.

 

 

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