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It’s been common knowledge among medical scientists for more than a year that the “gold standard” PCR test is unreliable when used to diagnose COVID-19, and now the Centers for Disease Control is acknowledging that fact.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday that her agency’s newly updated guidelines don’t require testing at the end of isolation because PCR tests can remain positive for up to 12 weeks after infection.
- Walensky also commented on the Food and Drug Administration’s disclosure Tuesday that according to early data, rapid antigen tests may be less sensitive when it comes to the omicron variant.
“So if you have symptoms and you have a negative antigen test, we do ask you to go and get a PCR to make sure those symptoms are not attributable to COVID.”
However, WND reported this week emergency rooms in Vermont are being overwhelmed with people who have tested positive for COVID with a rapid-test but have no symptoms and are seeking a PCR test.
- A study in April 2020 found the “evidence shows that false positive PCR results are common enough to impact clinical and policy decisions.”
- In August 2020, the New York Times examined PCR testing data in three states and found “up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus” and, therefore, were not infectious.
- Many medical scientists have argued that mass testing of symptomatic people during an epidemic is counterproductive. The real metric, they contend, should be the rate of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 and of deaths caused by the disease.
- In the current omicron-variant wave, cases have risen dramatically while hospitalizations and deaths are down, compared to previous waves. And the symptoms of omicron have been compared to a coronavirus cousin, the common cold.
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