New study shows how recovered COVID patients can repeatedly test positive, shows varying implications to RT-PCR testing

This December 17, 2020 article reports on a study conducted by Liguo Zhang, Alexsia Richards, Andrew Khalil, Emile Wogram, Haiting Ma, Richard A. Young, and Rudolf Jaenisch.

In this study, the researchers found that the RNA from the SARS-CoV-2 virus is reverse-transcribed and integrated into the human genome. This means that the virus hides within human cells.

The researchers explain that most other viruses insert their genetic material into the cells they infect, but they generally remain separate from the cell’s own DNA. Meanwhile, SARS-CoV-2 would integrate into cell genome which then enables itself to be transcribed.

This research offers significant points. Here are some of them:

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Editor’s Note: This study is significant because it shows us the exact mechanism of how false positives happen. It also offers an explanation as to why so many who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 are asymptomatic.

First, it adds a whole new understanding of why RT-PCR tests are useless. For one, scientists question the high cycle thresholds used for RT-PCR testing which leads to false positives [see RT-PCR tests are scientifically meaningless]. For another, now they are showing that the virus is inside within human cells, but can still be detected even if you have no symptom. We already knew through the earlier articles on this site that RT-PCR cannot be used for public health policies, but seeing it corroborated by actual lab tests still leaves us with wonder: how can this fact have skipped public health experts and the World Health Organization (WHO)? Is it possible that these people (and organizations) are not the experts they claim to be?

Second, the number of test-positive, asymptomatic individuals has been high since the beginning of the pandemic. In fact, the false belief that asymptomatic cases were carriers, fueled lockdowns around the world. They said: because some people were not showing symptoms, we cannot know who was infected, and who was not. Now we are seeing that this was incorrect.

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