Politics derails debate on immunity you get after recovering from Covid-19
WASHINGTON — Among scientists, there’s little debate: People who get sick with Covid-19 develop at least some protection against being infected in the future.
But exactly how much protection they have, and how long it lasts, are the subjects of the country’s latest Covid-19 controversy. For the past month, university employees, professional athletes, and conservative lawmakers across the country have argued they should be exempted from increasingly strict vaccine mandates because, scientifically speaking, they don’t need them: They’re already protected by their body’s own immune response.
This debate, however, is decidedly different from other political fights that have undermined the U.S. coronavirus response. Unlike the conspiracy-riddled arguments about hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin, the concept of natural immunity has a rational basis and data to support it. Like…