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WHO finally admits the problem of PCR tests

In this December 14, 2020 notice, the World Health Organization has finally acknowledged the increasing reports of false positive SARS-CoV-2 results. The memo says: “…the probability that a person who has a positive result is truly infected with SARS-CoV-2 decreases as positive rate decreases, irrespective of the assay specificity. Therefore, healthcare providers are encouraged to […]

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Elon Musk: Something extremely bogus is going on

Elon Musk took to Twitter last November 12, 2020 after receiving the results of his COVID-19 test. Musk took the rapid antigen test four times and received two positive and two negative test results. He said in his tweet: “Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came […]

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Singer Erykah Badu tests positive on left nostril, negative on right

Singer Erykah Badu raises new concerns on the efficacy of rapid antigen tests when she shared her experience on Twitter last November 14, 2020. Badu said: “No symptoms. Was tested for COVID. Same machine. Left nostril positive. Right nostril negative. Maybe they need to call Swiss Beats so they can do a versus between them. […]

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Are the tests really accurate? Global

This year, COVID-19 has killed off the flu

The Southern Hemisphere has skipped flu season this year and surveillance data from the World Health Organization is showing that flu rates is declining everywhere in the world. In fact, data is showing that flu cases have plummeted by 98% this year. In this opinion article for RT, Peter Andrews, an Irish science journalist and […]

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Are the tests really accurate? Lessons learned

The danger of over-reliance on RT-PCR tests

The following is a preprint of an article written by Andrew N. Cohen, Bruce Kessel, and Michael G. Milgroom. In it, they discuss how testing during the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has deviated from best practices of handling pandemics. For the first time in history, case definitions are based solely on positive RT-PCR tests regardless of clinical […]

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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 […]