Covid-19 Testing and Cases – an ever-changing, moving target

COVID-19 and Your Health

Why Covid-19 Cases are Dropping

Wonder why Covid-19 “cases” are dropping? (as defined by CDC,  Cases = Positive Tests). They are playing games with the numbers again.  CDC changed their guidelines so that only people who have symptoms or have been in close contact with a Covid-19 positive person are ELIGIBLE to be tested without doctor’s orders. Previously, everyone was urged to be tested.  The WHO now admits that the screening test has high false positives, so that many “cases” were not real. 

The RT-PCR test is the wrong test for mass screening. It was intended to identify the cause of infection in sick people, such as flu or coronavirus. It was never meant for testing healthy people with low or no virus load.  Consequentially, the test is also being done wrong, which produces a high level of false positives.  In order to get enough genetic material to test, samples from asymptomatic people are run through too many replication cycles. Each cycle doubles the number of genetic molecules. Most Covid-19 screening protocols run 40 cycles, (range 35 to 45) resulting in more than one trillion times as many  molecules as was in the sample.  Experts state that any test over 30 cycles, (approximately 1 billion replicates), are useless for determining viral load, indicating active illness.  This is due to the fact that tiny bits of dead fragments and RNA genomes from live viruses can’t be distinguished at this level of sensitivity. 

Fewer tests given equals fewer “cases” aka Positive Tests.

If you need/want to be tested, the rapid antigen test is more accurate, with fewer false positives. It tests for proteins in the viral coat. However, it is not available at many testing sites. You may have to get your doctor to request it from a clinic. The antibody test looks for antibodies to Covid-19.  It can only confirm that you have already recovered from Covid-19 or have been vaccinated. 

I took the CDC online screening survey HERE  as myself, age 76, without symptoms and was told I needed a test, probably because of my age. I took it as a 45 yr old friend and was told I did not need a test. Get it? See below for the last result:

• Sounds like you (they) are feeling ok. Learn more about COVID-19 and what you (they) can do to stay safe on the CDC website. Please also see your local area’s website: Virginia Department of Health. Sent at February 22 at 10:07 AM• Bot CDC said: Monitor for symptoms. Watch for COVID-19 symptoms. If you (they) develop symptoms, call your (their) medical provider, clinician advice line, or telemedicine provider. Learn more about COVID-19 and steps you (they) can take to protect yourself (themselves) and others on the CDC website. Sent at February 22 at 10:07 AM• Bot CDC said: No COVID-19 testing needed at this time. Based on the answers given, you (they) do not need to get tested unless recommended or required by your (their) healthcare provider, employer, or public health official.

Death Counts are Exaggerated

The death counts are also grossly inflated. Most deaths reported as Covid-19 are from other serious diseases/causes such as heart failure/attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes and just plain old age, as well as accidents and violent deaths counted as Covid-19 deaths. Most died WITH Covid-19, not FROM Covid-19. In fragile, compromised individuals, even the common cold can advance such deaths.  CDC has admitted that only 6% of reported deaths are without co-morbidities. If this is true, the 500,000 reported deaths becomes 30,000, which is in line with normal annual flu deaths.

One death is too many, but we need the truth about the extent of the problem to make reasoned decisions about whether to open businesses and schools, allow gatherings such as churches,  celebrations, sports, trips, and to allow visitation in hospitals and long term care facilities. Most businesses are struggling or permanently closed; children are suffering for lack of socialization, learning and school routines; the poor kids are hardest hit.  It is well past time to open everything and get back to normal.