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Sweden discovers 3,700 false positives from test kit

A report published by the Local SE last August 25, 2020 showed that 3,700 SARS-CoV-2 cases in Sweden were in fact false positives. The inaccuracy was discovered following the quality control tests carried out by two Swedish laboratories. The test kits, manufactured by BGI Genomics from China, were designed to show if a patient has […]

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BBC: Coronavirus tests could be picking up dead virus

In a report for the BBC last September 5, 2020, Rachel Schraer reports on the increasing lack of confidence on the results of RT-PCR tests which are used to detect SARS-CoV-2 infections. Schraer inteviews various experts such as Prof. Carl Henegan who says that tests must have a cut off point so that smaller viral […]

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CDC changes guidelines for testing: No more test for asymptomatics

On August 27, 2020 CDC released new guidelines which states that it no longer recommends testing for individuals without symptoms even when they have been exposed to someone positive with the virus.  In this news report from CNBC, Brett Giroir says that the goal of this change is to shift testing so that it is driven […]

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New York Times: More experts questioning RT-PCR testing

In this August 29, 2020 article by Apoorva Mandavilli for The New York Times, she covers the growing concern over RT-PCR tests in the United States. The article was published days after the CDC changed guidelines to exempt asymptomatics from taking the swab test [see CDC changes guidelines for testing: No more test for asymptomatics]. In […]

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Why COVID-19 is guaranteed to never end

In this article for Medium, Mike Hearn asserts that as long as there is no active discussion regarding the false positives generated by molecular tests such as the RT-PCR, COVID-19 and the interventions implemented to control it, will never end. Hearn relates the experience of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2006, where thousands of hospital staff […]

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Epidemiologist reveals circular reasoning used to support the validity of COVID-19 test kits

The following article was written on March 26, 2020, in the early days of worldwide lockdowns due to the novel coronavirus.  The article is a transcript of a conversation between Jason Hommel and an unnamed epidemiologist who wished to address Hommel’s claim that the COVID-19 test kits do not work. In this conversation, Hommel asks […]

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No, there is no second wave

By looking at the COVID-19 death data in the United States, J.B. Handley shows us that there is no second wave of infections, and the coronavirus is in fact waning. Handley shows us the graph created by the CDC for the whole US and New York with shows an unmistakable trend – COVID-19 deaths are […]

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RT-PCR tests are scientifically meaningless

In this article for Off Guardian, authors Torsten Engelbrecth and Konstantin Demeter take a closer look at the facts that explain why PCR tests are meaningless as diagnostic tools.  According to the authors’ research, the RT-PCR test was meant by its inventor, Nobel Prize winner Kary Mullis, to replicate and manufacture DNA sequences, not to diagnose […]

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How accurate are COVID-19 tests?

The following research conducted by Andrew Cohen and Bruce Kessel is a meta-analysis of the quality of assessments returned by RT-PCR tests. Their results show us RT-PCR tests have higher false positive rates than false negative rates. This means that there is a higher chance for individuals to receive a positive result even when they […]

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How does inaccurate COVID-19 test results impact us?

The following article written by Christian Yates for The Conversation offers to us a guide for understanding the accuracy of test results. The explain what false positives and false negatives are, and how small changes in the rates can affect entire populations.  Yates also tells us that in an area where disease prevalence is low, false positives […]