In this February 2, 2022 article for Nature, Ewen Callaway reports on the results of the COVID-19 human challenge trial conducted in the UK by researchers from Imperial College London [also see Oxford researchers are planning a COVID-19 reinfection human challenge trial].
Here are the most important results of the study:
- On average, participants tested positive for COVID less than two days after exposure. High viral levels persisted for an average of 9 days up to 12 days.
- The most common symptoms were sore throats, runny nose, and sneezing. Fever was less common, and no one developed persistent cough.
- Around 70% of the infected participants lost their sense of taste and smell, with the problem persisting for more than six months for five participants, and more than nine months in one. Researchers say that problems with smell or taste is the most serious risk that has materialized for the infected.
- Researchers are wondering why so many people did not become infected.
Editor’s Note: While this trial was only limited, it does concur with what we already know about COVID. For example, it confirms that for healthy, young people, the risk of contracting COVID has been overestimated [see New study: Millenials overestimate their COVID-19 risk].
Even when participants were exposed to a concentrated virus which would have ensured that everyone would test positive for “the dreaded” COVID, the researchers found that some people could fight off the virus, and hence, they never get infected. This shows us that natural immunity has the capacity to stop infection and transmission, unlike vaccines [see CDC Head declares COVID ‘vaccines’ don’t prevent infections or transmissions, Iceland and Denmark: No herd immunity from vaccines, Fauci: Early COVID-19 vaccines will only prevent symptoms, not block infection. Also, read T-cell immunity found in SARS-CoV-2 infected individuals and close contacts who never experienced detectable infection].
Also, the research shows us that even when infected, young and healthy individuals only experience mild disease [also see Updated IFR for COVID Confirms 99.9987% Survival for Under-20’s].
If this is the case, why then are governments forcing young, healthy people to take the vaccines when they are at no particular risk of COVID? Why the obsession with vaccination?