Dr. Threlkeld says living a healthy lifestyle helps but does not compare to being vaccinated

Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 1:17 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Infectious disease expert Dr. Steve Threlkeld held a press conference on Wednesday to talk about COVID-19 as summer nears its end.

During this conference Dr. Threlkeld addressed the topic of natural immunity again, but this time from the angle of people saying they don’t need the vaccine because they live a healthy lifestyle.

“Some people mistakenly say ‘Oh well if you eat right and exercise your immune system will do the job.’ Umm, no,” Dr. Threlkeld said. “Thousands upon thousands of people die from the flu.... every day from infections with perfectly normal immune systems who exercise.”

Dr. Threlkeld says it could be due to the variants, but there have been more people, both children and adults, who seem to be in good shape and healthy weight getting very sick from COVID-19.

“It would be a very bad mistake, as I see sometimes, someone saying ‘Hey I’m in good shape and I’m relatively healthy and relatively young, so I’m not going to worry about getting the vaccine or doing other things to protect myself.’ I have seen people die proclaiming that when they came in the hospital,” Dr. Threlkeld said.

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