Natural Remedies and How to Recover from COVID at Home from a Two Time COVID-19 Survivor

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In April 2020, I tested positive for COVID-19, I was sick for about 2 weeks with my sense of taste and smell coming back on day 10. I recovered with no fever or symptoms for a week, then got COVID-19 again after being re-exposed while I was with my mother in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with COVID-19 when she was taken off the ventilator. The 2nd round of COVID-19 was much harder with new symptoms appearing and lasted longer. This article shares the natural remedies and doctor prescribed medicines of how I survived COVID-19 at home without being hospitalized.

The April – June 2020 timeframe was during the first or initial version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or COVID-19 (before the Alpha variant designated in December 2020 and first detected in the UK) which had a high fatality and hospitalization rate and hospitals did not have enough ventilators for the patients. There were no vaccines, medicines or approved treatments. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of COVID-19 symptoms did not even recognize my symptoms yet; COVID-19 was still so new and we were just beginning to learn what COVID-19 could do to the body.

I have four high risk comorbidities or conditions that made it extremely likely I should have died, like my mother, or had severe COVID-19 and been hospitalized. I give credit to the following things that helped me to survive:

  1. Prayer – I had a lot of people praying for me. Family, friends, co-workers, and the Knights of Columbus in my Uncle’s state.
  2. My doctor’s swift intervention of medicines to stop my pneumonia
  3. Reiki energy healing (I did for myself), Healing Touch (did by my friend in California), and other energy medicine
  4. What I took based on my research, knowledge, and intuition. Below is the list, rationale, and lessons I learned. Please consult with your own doctor or check with contraindications with your medicines and health conditions.

How to Recover from COVID at Home Key Items

  • Thermometer

Tip: Take your temperature while you are healthy several times in the morning and afternoon to get your average temperature, since it may not by 98.6 degrees, then you will be able to tell if you have a fever.

My body felt so freezing cold that I felt like a human popsicle. I checked my hands and feet to make sure I didn’t have ice hanging off them; yet, my temperature was 102 – 103 degrees. When you are sick, how your body feels may not reflect your actual temperature.

I went through about four thermometers (ones from CVS and Wegmans), since so many were inaccurate. I would take my temperature and then a few minutes later take it again, and it would jump three degrees. In the morning, I may be 99 degrees, but later in the afternoon, it would jump to a 101 degree fever. It wasn’t until I went to the doctor, got my temperature taken in the afternoon and it was not the normal 101 degrees that I realized it might be another faulty thermometer.

Best one: Medline MDS9550 – you can buy it on Amazon. the National Institutes of Health (NIH) uses this one.

  • Oximeter oxygen sensor to measure your oxygen level in your blood

Tip: Measure your oxygen level while you are healthy, so you will know what your baseline healthy level is before getting sick.

You need to measure your oxygen level in your blood. If it gets to 90%, generally, the doctor recommends you go to the hospital. Some people with COVID-19 do not realize their body is starving for oxygen, so this will prevent the problem. Also, if your oxygen level drops and you feel panicky, you will be able to tell whether or not it has decreased to a level you need to be concerned.

A healthy oxygen level is 95 – 100%, but during, COVID-19 for me, it was 94 – 97% and as low as 89% on day 15. For me at 94%, I was definitely having trouble breathing, but at least with the oximeter, I knew it was not at a level that I needed to be hospitalized.

  • Water, Ice and tea (non-caffeinated)

I drank plenty of fluids and walked around my rooms and down the hall to help reduce risk of blood clots caused by COVID. Japanese Society of Phlebotomy reference.

Ice in your glass is great to cool your body down when you feel hot. The tea is good when you feel cold or just want something different than water. Caffeine can be dehydrating, so it is better to have the non-caffeine kind.

Tepid or Cool showers. I had to avoid my normal hot showers when my fever was 101 or more, because it would make my body even hotter and I almost passed out.

  • Pedialyte electrolyte powder, Advanced Care had the highest amount of electrolytes.

If you have a fever, nausea, or diarrhea, you can get dehydrated. I compared Pedialyte to Gatorade and a other electrolyte solutions, and Pedialyte had the greatest amount of potassium and chloride. If I was feeling dizzy, weak, or my heart was beating fast (tachycardia), one packet in 16 ounces of water made me feel better.

  • Heating pad or hot water bottle

My feet and hands were painfully ice cold. COVID toes or fingers where they turn blue was a problem in the early days of COVID-19. I did end up with 4 blue toes where the nail bed was blue under the toenail but it eventually got color back after several months.

My friend recommended I use a heating pad to warm my feet. Oh my gosh! That felt like heaven! I am sure it helped from my toes from being worse.

  • Sitting up and Walking

Laying down too much on your back can make increase the risk of getting pneumonia. I saw it with my mom. When I was not sleeping, I made sure I sat up at my desk and periodically got up to walk up and down the hallway. It is important to keep you blood moving to reduce the risk of blood clots. Movement also helps your lymph system to flush out waste products and is important for your immune system.

  • Soft tissues

With the Omicron variant, a runny nose and coughing are more common, so soft tissues are helpful.

  • Acetaminophen, Aspirin

My doctor recommended acetaminophen to reduce my fever. I took it around the clock, My temperature was still around 101 – 103.1.

For my second round of Covid-19, I was having chest pains in the middle of my chest and trouble breathing. Without having me go to the hospital to take pictures, my doctor thought it could be micro-clots in my lungs and told me to take one low dose aspirin a day to break it up and to stop the acetaminophen. He was reluctant to have me take aspirin too long due to the side effects on the stomach. I got the enteric coated (Ecotrin brand) to help the aspirin dissolve in my small intestine instead of the stomach.

  • Oscillocccinum

This is an over the counter homeopathic remedy found in the cold/flu section at drug stores. I keep it in my house to take at the first signs of a flu, since I have found it stops my body aches by the next day and shortens the flu symptoms. I had body aches and chills with COVID, so I started taking this right away. I feel it helped reduce my COVID body aches. I have taken it after the Moderna booster shot as well.

Natural Remedies for COVID and How to Survive COVID

Please note that I am a medical professional and you should consult with a doctor or do your own research to determine what to take if you have COVID based on your own health considerations and medications. I wanted to share my holistic and natural and medical remedies for COVID-19 that I used based on my knowledge, experience, research, and intuition for what was needed for my health. If I could survive COVID-19 with four high risk conditions, there is hope and at least some of what I think helped me below could help you.

  • MABIS Facial Steamer, Steam Inhaler, Personal Humidifier, Vaporizer or Vocal Steamer with Aromatherapy Diffuser and Soft Face Mask for Cleansing, Sinus Pressure, Congestion, Colds and Cough (on Amazon) with distilled water

When I have had a sinus infection, bronchitis or a lung ailment that needed the mucus to thinned, my doctor and mom used to have me do steam inhalation treatments. It could be as simple as a hot shower or pouring boiling water in a sink and draping a big towel over my head to breathe in the steam. I hated doing that as a kid. My face would be hot and sweaty and it would be hard to breathe.

I read a newspaper article how hot humid conditions could make it harder for the virus to replicate and this research article, “Thermal inactivation of SARS COVID-2 virus: Are steam inhalations a potential treatment?” helped me decide to give it a try three times a day to see if it helped with my stuffy nose, lack of sense of smell and taste, and lungs.

I used the Mabis steam inhaler which made it much more comfortable to inhale the steam. I put the inhaler on a tissue box sitting on my desk. I extended the neck of the inhaler to it’s maximum length and was careful to sit back from the face piece when I felt the steam too intense for my sinuses. I did not want to scald or burn my sinuses or lungs! For a few minutes, I would breathe deeply though my nose or as much as I could with a stuffy nose to get the steam into my sinuses. Then, I would switch to deeply breathing through my mouth to allow the steam to fill my lungs as much as possible.

I definitely needed the tissue box afterwards to wipe the sweat from my face and to blow my nose. Immediately afterward, I did not notice being able to breathe more easily from from my nose and a little bit easier from my lungs.

Right after the treatment, my nose was a bit more stuffy but my lungs may be more open. I did the steam inhalations two to three times a day. I finally made small progress in getting my blocked left nostril to open slightly nine days into COVID-19, then only slightly stuffy on day 26 then eventually working again. My sense of smell and taste came back fully. I think the steam inhalation helped my COVID recovery, because my sense of taste and smell returned and prevented the brain fog problem (memory loss, confusion, trouble processing information). There are thousands of people whose sense of taste and smell did not return for months or longer or slowly came back not working well such as smelling gas or noxious smells that no one else could smell. Although taste does not seem like a big deal compared to other Long Covid problems such as the brain fog, I had been worried if it was going to come back or if I would be forever eating food that tasted like cardboard.

  • Get Clean tea by the Republic of Tea

I am a firm believer of this tea since it previously relieved 5 days of excruciating gall bladder pain after one pot of tea for me. and saved from needing surgery. I drink it whenever I feel tired or sluggish. It is a detoxing, cleansing, tonic tea for the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys. I figured that my body could use all the support it could get to get rid of the virus. COVID-19 also attacks the kidneys, heart and can leave lasting damage to those organs. The kidneys and liver filter toxins and waste products from the body and I was betting a lot of dead COVID cells were being eliminated, so I wanted to give them extra help.

You can add another tea for better flavor. I use roasted dandelion (good for the liver) with lemongrass or some other herbal tea that I add. There are 36 tea bags in a can. I have seen it at CVS and Wegmans. I ordered mine on Amazon.

  • Manuka Honey with a 20 UMF

Honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Manuka honey with a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) of 20 reflects a higher antibacterial and potency. I thought this might give my body an edge with the virus. Also, I lost 6 pounds in 10 days even though I was eating my normal food 3 times a day, so it gave me more energy and calories. It is also soothing for a sore throat which is a common Omicron variant problem. I bought Manukora UMF 20+/MGO 850+ Raw Mānuka Honey (250g/8.8oz) Authentic Non-GMO New Zealand Honey, UMF & MGO Certified, Traceable from Hive to Hand on Amazon. I am really not sure if this helped or not, and the price has greatly increased, so this may not be worth it to you. Normal honey can be soothing for a sore throat as well.

  • Incentive Spirometer

When I was having trouble breathing and my chest was tight and constrictive, I used this device (which I had in my closet for years from a prior surgery) to exercise my lungs to take bigger, deeper breaths and to prevent fluid or mucus from building up in my lungs. You inhale as much as you can to fill your lungs, then place the tube in your mouth an exhale steadily as long as you can to watch the piston rise in the cylinder to the various numbers showing your lung capacity.

I would do it several times a day for 5- 10 times and afterwards, I would be breathing a little more easily and my chest would feel less tight. Over the months while I had COVID, I found that my lungs actually got stronger because I was exercising my lungs and muscles more. and able to take bigger breaths of air.

Directions and video using an invective spirometer.

  • Deep breathing exercises

This Three Part Breath technique of filling your belly, ribs, and upper chest to increase your lung capacity, lower blood pressure, and increase oxygen to the body has really helped my deep breathing exercises on the spirometer. Using the progressive lung filling with a slow and steady breath, it enabled me to increase my lung capacity from 1,875 to 2,250 ml (375 ml) in one night.

Another breathing exercise is by pursing your lips like you are blowing out a candle and slowly exhale and then inhale as high as you can count. Fill and expand your lungs slowly and hold it at 5 – 30 seconds. The candle breathing exercise can increase my oxygen from 89% to 94% in as little as 5 breaths. My doctor had me take a big breath and try and count to 30 as a way to calibrate if my lung function was worsening.

  • Reiki energy healing

My body used a tremendous amount of energy to fight COVID-19 particularly since I was exposed to the highest viral loads I could have by being coughed on several times in the face and when the ventilator tubes were removed from my mother’s pneumonia and COVID-filled lungs. With reiki, I am able to bring in healing energy from God to help booster my body’s white blood cells to fight it and send in additional energy to my body to give it extra energy to recover..

Here is more information on my clients experiences and what a Reiki and Healing Touch session is like.

  • Healing Touch

Although I do Healing Touch too, it is helpful when you are very ill and tired to get additional help. My friend, and Certified Healing Touch practitioner from California, Hetal Patel, did several Healing Touch sessions for me long distance or 2,300 miles away. It is one of the very amazing things about energy healing work with a really excellent practitioner. Here is more information about her.

  • Donna Eden Energy medicine techniques

Neurolymphatic massage to boost the immune system to flush toxins and boost the blood, lymph, and energy circulation. The basic idea is to use your fingers to press along and over your rib cage. If you find tender spots, massage or gently press and hold them until it feels less tender.

The first time I did this during COVID, I had about 10 spots on each side of my ribs that hurt when pressed. It took about half an hour to slowly work through them. Over the next days, there were less spots that were less sore. Here is a video on how to do the technique.

I also did “the Three Thumps” energy exercise which stimulates the kidneys, thymus, and spleen points. You can search for videos on how to do the technique.

  • Healthy Food

Fruit, vegetables, and proteins give your body fuel to fight. Beets and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) increase nitric oxide to reduce the risk of blood clots and reduce inflammation of endothelial cells. Fresh garlic has antiviral properties – cut it up and let is sit for 15 minutes before swallowing it.

Eat even if you are not hungry and can’t taste your food. Your body needs the fuel for energy to fight and to recover. Avoid dairy which can cause mucus. Eggs, beans, and nuts are good protein sources. I lost six pounds in six days from my fever and was eating more than I normally do and not exercising.

  • Vitamin D

Vitamin D supports the immune system function and can decrease severity of COVID-19.

“The role of vitamin D deficiency on COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies”

“Vitamin D Status and SARS-CoV-2 Infection and COVID-19 Clinical Outcomes”

  • L-Arginine

L-Arginine can help increase nitric oxide can help vasodilation which in the blood can help reduce blood clots and increase immune system response to reduce hospitalization and inflammation. I still took this after COVID when I had random sharp pains in my body like my chest or eyeballs. Even after COVID-19, some people have a heightened risk for blood clots due to the inflammation.

If you are at high risk for blood clots or have other factors, please contact a doctor since you may need to go on blood thinners. “Risk of dangerous blood clots linked to moderate COVID-19; high-dose blood thinner can prevent clot”

  • Probiotics

Because my doctor had put me on antibiotics which kills the bad and good bacteria in the body, I knew I needed to replenish my microbiome. Also, COVID-19 caused diarrhea for me, so I knew my microbiome needed help. A strong microbiome is important for the immune system. When I started taking one probiotic pill in the morning and one in the evening, I felt my body get a boost in feeling better.

Later, I dropped down to one pill a day and then depending if I think I need it, I will take one capsule of one of the probiotics below.

  • Garden of Life Raw Probiotics Colon Care – 1 capsule – can help with diarrhea OR
  • Garden of Life Raw Probiotics Women’s Care – 1 capsule – helps constipation for me OR
  • Wholesome Wellness Raw Probiotics (has prebiotics, digestive enzymes)
  • Essential oils – Lavender, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, marjoram

Rubbed on and along my spine 1`- 2x a day in April – May. Marjoram rubbed on joints which hurt.

Medication for COVID

At the time, there was no medication for COVID-19 treatment. Antibiotics do not work on COVID-19 since it is a virus, not a bacteria. However, based on my health conditions, my doctor had developed a “cocktail” of medicines he prescribed that he used to successfully treat all his patients and keep them out of the hospital. Pneumonia from COVID-19 was the biggest threat, so the antibiotics were to prevent and to treat pneumonia.

  • Tamiflu or Oseltamivir Phosphate (prescription)

This is an antiviral medicine to treat influenza A and B symptoms. It prevents the flu virus from multiplying and can reduce symptoms. My doctor prescribed it for me for COVID as part of his personal COVID-19 treatment plan he created. It was 75 mg.

  • Azithromycin antibiotic (prescription)

My doctor put me on this as well to prevent and to treat pneumonia which I was at high risk for, due to my mother having it, and believe I had. My upper back (lungs) felt like they had been kicked and stomped on by a professional soccer team. It was too painful to lie on my back and harder to breath, so I laid on stomach with two pillows to make a face cradle and give me room to breathe. After these antibiotics and a nap, the majority of the pain went away although my chest hurt intermittently for 2 weeks. It was a 25 mg dose pack for 5 days. For my second round of COVID-19 after being exposed to the antibiotic resistant pneumonia plus COVID-19 when my mother was removed from the ventilator, I took the Azithromycin for 7 days but didn’t feel like it was helping and the glands in my neck lympth node glands felt like the size of golf balls. I called my doctor and was and switched to Levofloxacin.

  • Clarithromycin antibiotic (prescription)

My doctor put me on this with the azithromycin the first round of COVID-19 but not for the second. It was 500 mg.

  • Asthma medicine (prescription)

I never thought having asthma would be an asset but having asthma helped me with COVID-19. My doctor prescribed new inhalers to help me with the shortness of breath from COVID-19 to help me breath easier. I normally just take Singulair or Montelukast for asthma, but with my COVID-induced breathing problems, he added a maintenance controller inhaler which reduces inflammation in the lungs (Symbicort) plus a “rescue” inhaler for acute problems (Proventil or Albuterol). They helped me breath easier.

10 Tips on Quarantining with COVID-19

Here are 10 tips on quarantining when one person has COVID-19 and the other does not. I made it though two rounds of COVID-19 without my husband getting infected.

  1. Keep the sick person on one floor or in several rooms. I have taken the 2nd floor bedroom level with my husband sleeping in the basement and doing the cooking on the first floor.
  2. My husband put food or packages at the top of the stairs for me and covered his nose and mouth.
  3. For my dirty dishes, I had a dish soap, sponge, and towel. I washed them in the bathroom sink, then they were also washed in the dishwasher. I had a box of garbage bags for food scraps and other garbage.
  4. Since our washing machine is on the 2nd floor, my husband put his clothes at the top of the stairs, and I washed them separately from mine. I wore a mask and gloves to move them from the washer to the dryer and taking them out.
  5. If I want to open a window for fresh air, I close the door to reduce the flow of contaminated air downstairs and put a towel rolled up at the base of the door to block the air flow. I do think getting fresh air is important and would periodically air out the room.
  6. I have run my Austin HealthMate HEPA Air filter 24 hours a day in my bedroom to clean the air. It is medical grade and can clean air at a 0.1 micron level. After I recovered, I bought a new air filter, and put a mask and gloves on to clean the air purifier with sanitizing wipes.
  7. My husband and I communicated via text, putting my breakfast and lunch order in and talked via phone such as over dinner. We do not have FaceTime since I have an Android.
  8. I set up a group chat via text messages for my family, so I could keep everyone informed. This was particularly helpful in providing status updates on my mother when she was in the hospital.
  9. We already were getting food delivery services, such as Marley Spoon, Blue Apron, Sun Basket, and Green Chef. It has been a great help in getting fresh vegetables and meat without going to a grocery store, but you do need to cut up the vegetables and cook it yourself. Door Dash, Uber Eats or Grub Hub can also be a more expensive but easy alternative if you do not feel well enough to cook.
  10. When I came out of quarantine (nearly 2 months with my 2 rounds of COVID-19 due to my fever) only when my doctor assured me I was not contagious. I did not want to come downstairs when my fever was 100 degrees or more. I did it in stages with us sitting outside, my staying masked in the kitchen, and I avoided using the toilet downstairs for bigger business, since the body can shed COVID particles for months.

My COVID-19 Symptoms

I only include my symptoms as a source of comparison for what you might be experiencing from my two rounds with COVID-19 on April 7, 2020 and then on April 28, 2020. I had the symptoms below for both rounds.

Round 1 COVID-19 Symptoms (April 7, 2020)

  • Fever – max was 103.1. Average 100 – 102.2 degrees
  • Loss of taste and smell – about 10 days
  • Loss of appetite – about 10 days
  • Body aches/myalgia – for a week then less often
  • Nasal congestion. Stuffy nose and my nose felt bone dry and would not blow or run. My left nostril was almost completely blocked for 10 days. It finally did open up, but I still had a stuffy nose which improved after pulmonologist said to double my nose medicine (take 2x a day vs once a day)
  • Chills. Round 2 was less severe than Round 1. Body felt like a popsicle down to my bones and my hands and feet were icy cold. They were painful they were so cold, and I worried about frostbite of feet. I felt “cold to the bone.” Shivering and shaking and unable to get warm.
  • Some tightness of chest and restrictions breathing.
  • Oxygen level is 89 – 96%
  • Some coughing after r or 5 days but not much
  • Shortness of Breath (SOB)
  • Headache – I had a bad headache the entire time; the Tylenol and aspirin did not help it. After I recovered from COVID-19, I still had a lower grade headache for months. I finally had some days without a headache after being fully vaccinated.
  • Tight neck and shoulder muscles that felt rock hard
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating of stomach and abdomen

New Symptoms for Round 2 (April 28, 2020)

  • Chest muscles from shoulder to shoulder and especially in the middle tight and hard to breath.
  • Pain in the middle of the chest between the sternum.
  • Swollen lymph node glands in neck made me feel like someone was choking me. They felt like the size of golf balls. On 5/4/20, the Azithromycin (7 days) did not help but then Levofloxin resolved the worst of problem, but the glands would still periodically swell up to cherry size(not as big) for weeks afterwards.
  • COVID-blue toenails – on both feet, my big toe and toe next to it, the skin under the toenails turned blue. On 5/11/2020 -noticed 4 blue toes. On 6/4/2020 -right foot improved but it took months for the left foot to improve.
  • Bruising on hand
  • Two months after I first had COVID-19, week 8, my temperature is still around 100 degrees and arthritis-like symptoms appear in hands and feet.
  • Joint pain in fingers and toes. First digit / joint in fingers one or two (ring, middle), then pain would move to other fingers. Then on 6/03/20, entire fingers had arthritis-like pain. Fingers felt hot and inflamed.
  • Stiffness, inflammation, and shooting pain in fingers (pointer, middle, ring usually)
  • Stiffness, inflammation, pain, and weakness in knees. It was very painful to walk due to my knees. Occasionally in wrists, ankles and feet
  • Pencil stabbing pain in fingers (like pins and needles but not sharp) started on 7/2/20.
  • Upper and lower left jaw pain when chewing. Sore at jaw joint / Temporomandibular joint.
  • Losing hair – handfuls when washing hair and falling out throughout the day which continued through mid-September.
  • Three months after Round 1 of COVID, lungs still tight and shortness of breath.
  • Fatigue – Sleeping 17 hours a night and still need a 3 hour nap during the day. Several months
  • Feels like my body, arms, and legs have had cement poured into them. It takes so much effort to left an arm or raise my leg to walk. Gravity has increased 100 fold, and my body craves to lie horizontal as gravity pulls it down and so hard to move anything.

Tips on Recovering from COVID-19

  • I found Round 2 of COVID-19 to have less severe and not as long symptoms (chills, aches), since the body has seen the virus before and knows how to more quickly fight it.
  • For Round 2, I developed more problems because I was exposed to a much higher viral and bacterial load (much more virus and for a longer time) due to being with my mom when she was removed from the ventilator. I believe a high quality mask like N95 for indoors or an ASTM Level 3 surgical mask for less risky situations is important to reduce the viral load you may be exposed to with others.
  • Sleep and rest as much as you can to allow your body to recover
  • Eat high quality food like vegetables and protein to give you body energy to recover
  • Recovery can be like a roller coaster. Some days you feel good, then the next day, not so good. go with the cues and listen to what your body needs.
  • Focus on what you can do and the steps you have made in your recovery. Do not beat yourself over or feel badly about all the things you cannot do yet. COVID-19 affects people differently, so do not compare yourself to others.
  • Avoid mental and physical stress which can trigger a relapse or surge of symptoms
  • Slowly exercise and build up

Recovery from COVID-19 and Long COVID

With the two rounds of COVID-19 in April, I recovered from Round 1 (no fever or symptoms for 10 days) , but for Round 2, my COVID symptoms got worse in May and new things kept popping up, so it was difficult to know when I was not infectious. My doctor diagnosed me with post viral syndrome which after COVID-19, became known as being a Long Hauler or having Long COVID or officially medically as Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC). I believe that the main reasons why I had long term problems was the amount of virus I was exposed to, the initial SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 caused more severe problems, and my own immune system. I think I developed an auto-antibody which caused the inflammation in my joints and nerves during Round 2. Up to 30-40% of people, even asymptomatic or mild infections, can develop Long COVID problems.

I say I am about 95% recovered. If you want to learn how I dealt with the fatigue, joint pain, nerve pain, and hair loss, and other COVID-19 longer term problems, please see my “Joint Pain and Fatigue After COVID-19: How this Long Hauler Dealt With It” article.

Thoughts on Vaccines and Natural Infection Immunity

Even though I was lucky enough to develop COVID-19 antibodies with Round 1 of getting COVID-19 and my doctor said I was protected, I did get infected again (Round 2). I am participating in a three year National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, “A Longitudinal Study of COVID-19 Sequelae and Immunity,” on the long term effects of COVID-19, and they test my body to check my antibody neutralization ability or its ability to neutralize the COVID-19 virus to prevent it from replicating (i.e. percentage of “immunity).

  • 8/5/20 (about 4 months after Round 1 of COVID) – 70%
  • 2/3/21 (10 months) – 77%
  • 7/14/21 (1 year, 3 months) – 98% – 2 months after being fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine
  • 1/6/22 (1 year, 9 months) – 97% – 1 month after receiving Moderna booster

As you can see, vaccination even after infection, can greatly boost your body’s immunity levels.

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Claire has over 30 years as systems engineer and project engineer with Fortune 100 companies and over 20 years as a Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, and energy medicine teacher.

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