Hospitals Should Hire, Not Fire, Nurses with Natural Immunity

Hospitals Should Hire, Not Fire, Nurses with Natural Immunity

Among many surprising developments during this pandemic, the most stunning has been the questioning of naturally acquired immunity after a person has had the COVID-19 disease.

We have understood natural immunity since at least the Athenian Plague in 430 BC. Here is Thucydides:

Yet it was with those who had recovered from the disease that the sick and the dying found most compassion. These knew what it was from experience and had no fear for themselves; for the same man was never attacked twice—never at least fatally.

We have lived with endemic coronaviruses for at least a hundred years, for which we have long-lasting natural immunity. As expected, we also have natural immunity after COVID disease, as there have been exceedingly few reinfections with serious illness or death, despite a widely circulating virus.

For most viruses, natural immunity is better than vaccine-induced immunity, and that is also true for COVID. In the best study to date, the vaccinated were around 27 times more likely to have symptomatic disease than those with natural immunity, with an estimated range between 13 and 57. With no COVID deaths in either group, both natural and vaccine immunity protect well against death.

During the last decade, I have worked closely with hospital epidemiologists. While the role of physicians is to treat patients and make them well, the task of the hospital epidemiologist is to ensure that patients do not get sick while in the hospital, such as catching a deadly virus from another patient or a caretaker.

For that purpose, hospitals employ a variety of measures, from frequent hand washing to full infection control regalia when caring for an Ebola patient. Vaccinations are a key component of these control efforts. For example, two weeks before spleen surgery, patients are given the pneumococcal vaccine to minimize postoperative infections, and most clinical staff are immunized against influenza every year.

Infection control measures are especially critical for older frail hospital patients with a weakened immune system. They can become infected and die from a virus that most people would easily survive. A key rationale for immunizing nurses and physicians against influenza is to ensure that they do not infect such patients.

How can hospitals best protect their patients from COVID disease? It is an enormously important question, also relevant for nursing homes. There are some obvious standard solutions, such as separating COVID patients from other patients, minimizing staff rotation, and providing generous sick leave for staff with COVID-like symptoms.

Another goal should be to employ staff with the strongest possible immunity against COVID, as they are less likely to catch it and spread it to their patients. This means that hospitals and nursing homes should actively seek to hire staff that have natural immunity from prior COVID disease and use such staff for their most vulnerable patients.

Hence, we are now seeing a fierce competition where hospitals and nursing homes are desperately trying to hire people with natural immunity. Wellactuallynot.

Instead, hospitals are firing nurses and other staff with superior natural immunity while retaining those with weaker vaccine-induced immunity. By doing so, they are betraying their patients, increasing their risk for hospital-acquired infections.

By pushing vaccine mandates, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci is questioning the existence of natural immunity after COVID disease. In doing so, he is following the lead of CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who questioned natural immunity in a 2020 Memorandum published by The Lancet. By instituting vaccine mandates, university hospitals are now also questioning the existence of natural immunity after COVID disease.

This is astonishing.

I work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, which has announced that all nurses, doctors and other health care providers will be fired if they do not get a COVID vaccine. Last week I spoke with one of our nurses. She worked hard caring for COVID patients, even as some of her colleagues left in fear at the beginning of the pandemic.

Unsurprisingly, she got infected, but then recovered. Now she has stronger and longer-lasting immunity than the vaccinated work-from-home hospital administrators who are firing her for not being vaccinated.

If university hospitals cannot get the medical evidence right on the basic science of immunity, how can we trust them with any other aspects of our health?

What’s next? Universities questioning whether the earth is round or flat? That, at least, would do less harm.


This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. It was originally published by the Brownstone Institute. Martin Kulldorff, Senior Scholar of Brownstone Institute, is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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12 Responses to "Hospitals Should Hire, Not Fire, Nurses with Natural Immunity"

  1. VK Basile   October 18, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Even I, a layperson, understand the science of natural immunity. Our issue is that those who are now occupying the Oval Office are not interested in real science, just political science that advances their agenda and they are to prideful and arrogant to admit they are wrong even though it is so clear to even a medically untrained person like me.

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  2. Tom   October 18, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Maybe, maybe not. A biological research firm in Hong Kong has an army of biological AI instructed medical personnel on standby. These robots will either be programmed to save your life, or destroy it. No docs, nurses or aides needed.

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  3. Susan Scott   October 18, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    There is something VERY sinister about this entire “fake vax”. And, to totally ignore common sense regarding natural immunity is insane. Fauci and many of his cronies need to be fired at the very least. I am convinced he is responsible for
    the loss and destruction of MANY lives.

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  4. DBrash   October 18, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Stop already. You’re making too much sense.

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    • bev   October 30, 2021 at 7:29 am

      For sure. uncommon sense. If it wasn’t for laughing we would all go insane

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  5. Pam Morris   October 18, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    I was hospitalized for severe Covid pneumonia, both lungs. During my 12 days in the hospital I interacted with 12 different registered nurses and CNAs. All had contracted Covid while working.Two nurses had breakthrough Covid after being vaccinated. They were all so compassionate and all told me that as bad as I was feeling that I would get better in time. They all were encouraging not judging. Many told me that they weren’t sure the vaccines were working as there were many vaccinated patients with Covid. I really appreciated their honesty and their care helped me make a full recovery.

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    • Peace   October 19, 2021 at 11:11 am

      I’m very sorry to hear you got very sick. I hope you’re doing much better.

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  6. Peace   October 19, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Dr. Tony Fauci, health officials and the White House administration continue to deny naturally acquired immunity. It’s very sad but a big disaster. How would Dr. Fauci explain it? Oh he needs to think about it?? Nah, he doesn’t care about natural immunity in my opinion. He’s been always a corrupt and a big liar. So is big pharma. Nothing is news. 🥴

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  7. Guy-zer   October 19, 2021 at 11:57 am

    It may not be long before they will come hunting for the unvaxed because of their natural immunity, just like they did in Africa to albino children as a cure to AIDS.
    We may be talking Black Magic here, especially with our new Haitian community guest workers program.
    I liked what retired General Spalding said last year in February regarding CoVid, that it was nothing more that a cold bug, and I suspect B.1.351, or other variant, will be little more than the same.
    So when you see those unemployed health workers and public servants begging for aid outside the Big Box store parking-lot, give pity, for they may have the cure.

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  8. Ron S   October 20, 2021 at 5:01 am

    You think Anthony Fauci, Rochelle Walensky, CDC, and Joe Biden are working for 💉 vaccine inc.?

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    • Bev   October 30, 2021 at 7:31 am

      Naw, they are working for the devil; just getting paid by drug money

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  9. Lisa   November 9, 2021 at 9:42 am

    I am naturally immune and I’m not giving anyone a sample of my bodily fluids ever again to prove it. I’m an RN and after what I have witnessed in the last 20 months, I trust NO ONE and the next time I use ANY healthcare is when I can’t stop the bleeding on my own.
    Good luck. You’re all a number now. And they’re tracking it all.

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