The Center for Disease Control is finally pulling the flawed PCR tests because they can’t differentiate between COVID and the Flu. But it appears California news outlets are too busy fear mongering the Delta Variant to notice or care.
The Southern California News Group reported in the Orange County Register that masks are mandatory again in OC Superior Court “after two people in the building tested positive for COVID-19.” Two people tested positive. Are they sick? Are they hospitalized? Have they died?
“So far, more than 260,000 people in the county have contracted the disease,” the SCNG reported. Imagine if the sentence said, “more than 260,000 people in the county have contracted the flu.”
“The disease.” What happened to the virus? What the SCNG article doesn’t say is the more than 260,000 people who contracted the “disease” is the total number for the last 16 months.
Orange County’s population is 3,175,130. In April, Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the Orange County Health Care Agency and acting county health officer proposed a pilot program for “vaccine passports” in Orange County – a “show-me-your-papers” or “digital passport” program to provide COVID vaccination evidence.
Here is what the CDC says:
After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 only. CDC is providing this advance notice for clinical laboratories to have adequate time to select and implement one of the many FDA-authorized alternatives.
A source from Gov. Newsom’s $100 million lab explained to the Globe in February about the high number of false positive PCR tests:
“Results from a positive PCR test should be considered as a preliminary result only and doesn’t determine an active infection or hospitalization rates. Doctors typically order these tests when a patient shows symptoms and the doctor suspects the patient has a high probability of having the disease. Once a result comes back positive, it must be confirmed with another test in order to be considered definitive.
The concern with Covid screening is that none of these steps are taken. A positive PCR has little clinical significance and increases our case numbers without confirming the presence of an active infection. Without the expertise of a physician and a confirmatory assay there is no way to determine if this is a true positive result.”
The Globe also reported on three doctors in Contra Costa County who were concerned with the excessive COVID PCR testing leading to high numbers of false positive results. Dr. Michael deBoisblanc, Dr. Pete Mazolewski and Dr. Brian Hopkins explain:
“PCR testing has proven to be seriously flawed when used to track disease prevalence, and the number of false positive tests has contributed to fear, panic and unnecessary quarantine of many. The peer review of the original Corman-Drosten PCR paper points out the serious flaws and conflicts of interest in the original article describing the PCR test (Peter Borger Et al., 11/27/2020). This paper is the basis for the PCR test used in the United States. On January 21, 2021 the World Health Organization published direction on the interpretation of a positive PCR test. They now caution about calling a test “positive” without symptoms, a confirmatory test, and physician oversight. They also cite the serious problems with high cycle thresholds leading to a high number of false positives. In short, they agree with what we argued last month.”
“With this information, your COVID positive case numbers are highly suspect and using this data to determine which tier the population falls into has been, and continues to be, completely unreliable and arbitrary. Our recommendation is to move forward quickly with rapid antigen testing. These tests are less expensive, and more appropriately sensitive to detect people with active, contagious disease.”
Dr. Michael deBoisblanc, Dr. Pete Mazolewski and Dr. Brian Hopkins followed up with Contra Costa County. In their last letter, the doctors again asked for answers they did not receive, including about the PCR tests’ false positives.
“We write this letter in follow up to our previous letter dated December 10, 2020. In that letter we asked several questions regarding the following issues: PCR testing, and how the county was accounting for false positives?”
Six months later, the CDC pulls the PCR tests.
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