SARS-CoV-2 PCR Testing Scrutinized for Returning Variable Results

Disclaimer: This article is not considered medical advice. Consult your doctor.

The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, invented in 1985 by Kary Mullis, is one of the methods being used by laboratories to detect SARS CoV-2 in patients, and can deliver various results depending on their use.

The PCR test duplicates a tiny amount of a patient’s DNA or RNA into large detectable quantities, by running samples through amplification “cycles.” Too few cycles eliminate valid results, and too many cycles increases false positives. (Some tests, like those from Thermo Fisher recommend 25-30 cycles.)

Canadian researcher David Crowe, with a degree in biology and mathematics, explains, “So, if you cut off at 20 [cycles], everybody would be negative. If you cut off a 50, you might have everybody positive… In one paper I found 37 cycles. If you didn’t get enough fluorescence by 37 cycles, you are considered negative. In another, paper, the cutoff was 36. Thirty-seven to 40 were considered ‘indeterminate.'”

Laboratories set their own cycle thresholds. The CDC has suggested that above 33 cycles it is difficult to detect any virus. Also, too high a threshold may detect genetic fragments that pose no risk.

According to Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University, “It’s just kind of mind-blowing to me that people are not recording the C.T. [cycle thresholds] values from all these tests — that they’re just returning a positive or a negative.”

A widely circulated article by Torsten Engelbrecht and Konstantin Demeter has cited evidence that PCR tests are scientifically meaningless for SARS CoV-2, which Politifact has debunked, which prompted a follow-up refutal.

Infographic courtesy the Mayo Clinic.

TYPES OF SARS-COV-2 TESTS

PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
Confirms if you have the remains of a virus in your body. (Not antibodies)

Antibody tests
Determines if you have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the past. (Antibodies start developing within 1 to 3 weeks after infection, but could disappear months later if case was mild.)

Antigen tests
Identifies virus mid-infection as it’s multiplying. The Trump Administration has purchased 150 million from Abbott Labs. (Antigens are proteins on the outside of the virus.)

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HHS Official Claims Scientists Conspiring to Oust Trump

Michael R. Caputo, the assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services warned his Facebook followers during a live stream on Sunday that scientists at the Centers for Disease Control formed a “resistance unit” against Trump, even though it meant a higher COVID-19 death toll.

CDC scientists “haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump next,” said Caputo. “There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president.”

He further warned of active “sedition” against Trump taking place within other government agencies, and predicted violence when Joe Biden refuses to concede.

“There are hit squads being trained all over this country.”

Michael J. Caputo

The shooting of Aaron “Jay” Danielson in Portland by Antifa on August 29 was just a practice run, according to Caputo.

“Since joining the administration, my family and I have been continually threatened,” Caputo told the New York Times on Monday. He has since deleted his Facebook account but stated he is not leaving the Administration.

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Ramirez Toon: Democrats’ Motto, Do As Thou Wilt

Nationwide mask-mandate-pusher Nancy Pelosi went maskless, indoors in a San Francisco salon, which is open only outdoors for the public. She later blamed the salon owner for setting her up.

Pelosi was not alone:

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Rebel Pepper Toon: Man Becomes First To Be Reinfected With Mutated COVID-19 Strain

In Hong Kong this week, a 33-year-old man with no underlying conditions became the first confirmed patient to be reinfected with a mutated strain of COVID-19.

He had been hospitalized on March 26 and recovered on April 14. He was asympotamic for his reinfection, which was discovered after he traveled from Spain and the UK.

The mutated virus has 4-5 more spikes that boosts infectivity and is more closely linked to samples collected in Switzerland and the UK from July to August.

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Pro-Lockdown Media Mounts Disinformation Campaign vs. Sweden’s COVID-19 Response

Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy of not locking down, protecting the vulnerable while allowing low-risk people to circulate and develop antibodies has boasted a decline in new critical COVID-19 cases with slowing death rates.

(Chart above) Swiss Policy Research

The New York Times’ declared “Sweden suffered a vastly higher death rate while failing to collect on the expected economic gains.”

However when looking at death rates of Sweden vs. similar sized U.S. locked-down states, one finds a different picture (August 4, 2020 stats):

CountryPop.
(millions)
Deaths
Sweden10.25,747
New York8.332,719
New Jersey9.215,846
Mass.6.98,648

Also, a report by Capital Economics found Sweden was the only major economy to grow in the first quarter:

Meanwhile in the U.S., the media continues to report on new cases in the same dire manner as if they were deaths. Keep people afraid. Hurt the Orange Man.

New York Hides Nursing Home Data

New York transferred many COVID-19 elderly patients from hospitals to nursing homes, but won’t provide the number who then returned to die in hospitals. They are the only state not to release this information. (Gateway Pundit exclusive)

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Fauci Fine Advising Church Behavior, But Avoids Specific Questions on Protesters’ Impact on Spreading COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci has advised churches to require masks, practice social distancing and prohibiting singing, but refused to answer specifically on how protesting might spread the virus, during questioning from Congressman Jim Jordan on Friday.

“Should the government limit the protesting?” asked Jordan.

“I don’t think that’s relevant,” replied Fauci.

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Good News: Ohio Gov. Asks Medical Board to Reverse Hydroxychloroquine Ban

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) has asked his state’s medical board to “halt their new rule prohibiting the selling or dispensing of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.”

Pictured: A visual example of how the regimen of hydroxychloroquine, zinc and azithromycin works. More details in a June 30 study.

Fauci Accused of Misinformation by Yale Doctor

Yale’s Dr. Harvey Risch has accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of waging a “misinformation campaign” against hydroxychloroquine.

The crucial issues are (a) early treatment of (b) high-risk (c) outpatients with (d) HCQ plus zinc, [azithromycin], doxycycline etc. for (e) hospitalization or mortality outcomes,” Risch said. “Dr. Fauci, in citing all of the studies without qualification, smeared all over points (a)-(e).”

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LIVE: Frontline physicians: Media, medical boards, bureaucrats blocked hydroxychloroquine for political reasons

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: Live streams have stopped or are being removed by Youtube.

Frontline physicians are holding a live, day long media conference on Monday to dispel COVID-19 myths and have exposed the benefits of a hydroxychloroquine treatment denied the public for political reasons.

Takeaways so far

  • Members of medical boards would prescribe hydroxychloroquine for themselves and their family but blast the treatment in the national media.
  • Doctors felt threatened by medical boards for prescribing hydroxychloroquine treatment, labeling one doctor a “public menace.”
  • Dr. Armstrong explained how 35 of 38 of very frail, very ill nursing home patients with comorbidities were healed with a combination of hydroxychloroquine, zinc and azithromycin.
  • Doctors who failed with hydroxychloroquine used toxic doses and got toxic results, which was used to suppress the safely prescribed lower dose.
  • Google, Youtube and Facebook took down links to COVID-19 articles that could have saved lives, because they went against the WHO recommendations.
  • Lockdowns mixed with disinformation campaign hurt patients with other illnesses, that are missing from statistics or have been labeled as COVID-19 deaths.
  • Advice to stop accepting things that don’t make sense.
  • “Stunning” that death certificate operating procedures were changed during the pandemic to label other deaths as COVID-19.
  • 15,000 Los Angeles high school students have not participated in any online learning since schools closed.
  • Teachers unions are using the pandemic to lobby for more money and to hurt charter schools.
  • Lockdown has led to increase in child abuse, suicides, alcoholism.
  • Lockdown has led to decrease in cancer screenings and preventative medicine.
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