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. 

Covid-19 tests have high false positives

The article below from Epoch Times reveals the problem that inflates Covid-19 case numbers. PCR tests are great diagnostic tests for confirming the source of an illness; PCR is a terrible screening test for non-symtomatic people. You may also read the original article using the link at the end.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference at Geneva's WHO headquarters on Feb. 24, 2020. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images)

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference at Geneva’s WHO headquarters on Feb. 24, 2020. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images)PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION

WHO Changes CCP Virus Test Criteria in Attempt to Reduce False Positives

BY MEILING LEE January 23, 2021 Updated: January 24, 2021 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned experts not to rely solely on the results of a PCR test to detect the CCP virus.

In updated guidance published on Jan. 20, the WHO said that lab experts and health care practitioners should also consider the patient’s history and epidemiological risk factors alongside the PCR test in diagnosing the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

The new guidance could result in significantly fewer daily cases.

“Most PCR assays are indicated as an aid for diagnosis, therefore, health care providers must consider any result in combination with timing of sampling, specimen type, assay specifics, clinical observations, patient history, confirmed status of any contacts, and epidemiological information,” the guidance says.

It’s unclear why the health agency waited over a year to release the new directive. The WHO didn’t reply to an inquiry from The Epoch Times.

Scientists and physicians have raised concerns for many months of an over-reliance on and a misuse of the PCR test as a diagnostic tool since it can’t differentiate between a live infectious virus from an inactivated virus fragment that is not infectious.

Additionally, the high cycle threshold values of most PCR tests—at 40 cycles or higher—increases the risk of false positives. A higher threshold value indicates less viral load and that the person is less likely to be infectious, while a person with a lower cycle threshold value has a higher viral load, or is more infectious.

The WHO did not specify what the threshold value cutoff should be for a positive diagnosis, but said to only “determine if [a] manual adjustment of the PCR positivity threshold is recommended by the manufacturer.”

Epoch Times Photo
A medical staff member prepares and processes PCR and antibody tests of people who think they may be infected with the CCP virus, at the laboratory of the Karolinska Hospital in Solna near Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 7, 2020. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it clarified that when the prevalence of the CCP virus is low, “the risk of false positive increases” meaning that “the probability that a person who has a positive result (SARS-CoV-2 detected) is truly infected with SARS-CoV-2 decreases as prevalence decreases, irrespective of the claimed specificity [of the PCR test].”

SARS-CoV-2 is the scientific name for the CCP virus that causes the disease COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says its PCR tests have a cycle threshold cutoff of 40 cycles. The federal agency finally included information on cycle threshold value in its Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 for laboratories on Nov. 12, 2020.

But many medical experts consider a threshold value cutoff of 40 cycles to only return false positives since samples that go through many amplification cycles will pick up negligible RNA sequences regardless if the virus is inactivate or the viral load is exceedingly low to pose any problem.

Prior to the CCP virus pandemic, for individuals to be considered a case, they must test positive and show clinical signs and symptoms. But to be counted as a CCP virus case, only a positive PCR test is required. And no matter how many times an individual is tested, each positive test is counted as a separate case.

The WHO is now advising that a positive PCR test that does “not correspond with the clinical presentation” should be verified by taking “a new specimen” and retesting it.

This advice may also help lower CCP virus cases in hospitals as it more clearly defines who is considered a hospitalized case.

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Director of International Relations Dr. Layla McCay confirmed to talkRADIO that a percentage of hospitalized patients officially counted as positive cases were actually being treated for different illnesses not related to COVID-19. They had only tested positive for the disease at the hospital without displaying any symptoms.

Dr Layla McCay, NHS Confederation director, confirms to Julia that the hospital figures for “Covid patients” include patients who are not being treated for Covid but have simply tested positive while being treated for something else.@JuliaHB1 | @LaylaMcCay

— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) January 5, 2021

“It is correct that in hospital, people who tested positive for COVID will be the full range of symptoms,” McCay said. “Some will have it as an aside to some other problem for which they’re in the hospital.”

The day after the WHO released its new guidance, Chief Medical Adviser to President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the United States would rejoin the organization.

“As such, I am honored to announce that the United States will remain a member of the World Health Organization,” Fauci said. “Yesterday, President Biden signed letters retracting the previous administration’s announcement to withdraw from the organization, and those letters have been transmitted to the secretary-general of the United Nations and to you Dr. Tedros, my dear friend.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the director-general of the WHO.

“The United States also intends to fulfill its financial obligations to the organizations,” Fauci added.

In July last year, the Trump administration pulled out of the WHO over its alleged role in helping the Chinese communist regime cover up the severity of the CCP virus.

There have been mixed responses from Congress over Biden’s decision to rejoin the WHO.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) introduced a bill (pdf) on Jan. 21 to “prohibit the availability of United States contributions to the World Health Organization until Congress receives a full report on China and the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.”

She said in a statement: “The WHO is China-centric and panders to Beijing at every turn. There is no reason U.S. taxpayers should contribute more than $400 million annually to an organization that covered for China and failed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Prior to former President Donald Trump withdrawing from the WHO, the United States contributed the most money to the health agency, according to State Department statistics.

WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives — Principia Scientific Intl.

Were the ‘conspiracy theorists’ just proven right about the “fake rescue plan” for COVID? Did the ‘science-deniers’ just get confirmation that it was political after all? The short answer to both of these questions regarding the COVID-19 ‘casedemic’ and the fallacy of asymptomatic PCR testing is YES and YES! We have detailed the controversy surrounding America’s COVID “casedemic” and the…

WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives — Principia Scientific Intl.