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“The detection result of this product is only for clinical reference, and it should not be used as the only evidence for clinical diagnosis and treatment. The clinical management of patients should be considered in combination with their symptoms/signs, history, other laboratory tests and treatment responses. The detection results should not be directly used as the evidence for clinical diagnosis, and are only for the reference of clinicians.”
Translation: Don’t use the test as the exclusive basis for diagnosing a person with COVID. And yet, this is exactly what health authorities are doing all over the world. All positive tests must be reported to government agencies, and they are counted as COVID cases.
“Dr. Brooke Herndon, an internist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, could not stop coughing…By late April, other health care workers at the hospital were coughing…”
“For months, nearly everyone involved thought the medical center had had a huge whooping cough outbreak, with extensive ramifications."
“Then, about eight months later, health care workers were dumbfounded to receive an e-mail message from the hospital administration informing them that the whole thing was a false alarm.”
What the hell is going on????
If they run it more cycles, then anything they find out of that would be too few viral particles present to make a person ill.
Is the COVID diagnostic test the worst test ever devised
Yes, people got sick. Yes, people died. And some continue to get sick and die.
Not everyone who is infected is "ill", this is true. Many people are asymptomatic.
You are correct that it does not indicate low or high. Hence, everyone with a positive test is treated as if they are ill whether they are or not.
Yes, viral fragments can persist for a while after recovery.
The other issue that it will indicate positive even with just fragments of virus meaning the person in question may actually not be ill because they've already beaten the disease, but they'd be treated as if ill anyhow because it can't distinguish between fragments and whole virus.
That is not exactly what the point of that article is, it says nothing about "dead residuals." The point is that it provides a positive result for someone who may not be contagious. This could occur if testing happens very early in the infection, or while the infection is declining.
The PCR test is too accurate that's the problem , it's reading dead residuals of Corona Virus and calling them positive for Covid-19.
Highly sensitive PCR tests seemed like the best option for tracking the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic. But for the outbreaks raging now, he said, what’s needed are coronavirus tests that are fast, cheap and abundant enough to frequently test everyone who needs it — even if the tests are less sensitive.
“It might not catch every last one of the transmitting people, but it sure will catch the most transmissible people, including the superspreaders,” Dr. Mina said. “That alone would drive epidemics practically to zero.”