People are being told to take a PCR test if they feel unwell and even if they don’t feel unwell. A positive result and you are in quarantine for ten days anyway, even if you didn’t have a sniffle. And it is the number of positive tests that the media endlessly report… and are used to fearmonger mask mandates and lockdowns nationwide.
So like all clinical tests let’s explore if they are fit for purpose.
Absence of disease specific features
Clinical diagnosis is based on a combination of history, examination, and if necessary investigation. And here we hit upon the first problem as for most respiratory diseases there are no specific symptoms for Covid-19 “for most respiratory diseases there are no unmistakable specific symptoms. Therefore, a differentiation of the different pathogens is purely clinically impossible” Thomas Loscher, infectious disease physician. Even the loss of smell and taste can not be called new symptoms.
With no distinguishable features, what is being investigated?
And here we hit upon our next problem the virus has not been purified and isolated. And even if it had been it still wouldn’t determine disease causality.
The genome sequence
The genome of the Sars-Cov-2 virus was supposedly sequenced by Chinese scientists in December 2019, then published on January 10th 2020. Less than two weeks later, German virologists (Christian Drosten et al.) had allegedly used the genome to create assays for PCR tests.
They wrote a paper, Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR, which was submitted for publication on January 21st 2020, and then accepted on January 22nd. Meaning the paper was allegedly “peer-reviewed” in less than 24 hours. A process that typically takes weeks.
Since then, a consortium of over forty life scientists has petitioned for the withdrawal of the paper, writing a lengthy report detailing 10 major errors in the paper’s methodology.
They have also requested the release of the journal’s peer-review report, to prove the paper really did pass through the peer-review process. The journal has yet to comply.
The Corman-Drosten assays are the root of every Covid PCR test in the world. If the paper is questionable, every PCR test is also questionable. Because like all medical tests, there need’s to be a comparison to a “gold standard” to determine their “sensitivity” and “specificity”.
So what does PCR test for?
PCR it’s testing for a specific RNA pattern found on a nasal swab. PCR is not testing for disease or illness, it doesn’t tell you if you are sick or if sufficient replication make anyone else sick
The Nobel Prize-winning inventor of the process never intended it to be used as a diagnostic tool, and said so publicly:
“PCR is just a process that allows you to make a whole lot of something out of something. It doesn’t tell you that you are sick, or that the thing that you ended up with was going to hurt you or anything like that.”
Bearing all this in mind it is unsurprising that PCR tests are known to produce a lot of false-positive results, by reacting to genetic material that is not specific to Sars-Cov-2.
- A Chinese study found the same patient’s could get two different results from the same test on the same day.
- In Germany, tests are known to have reacted to common cold viruses.
- A 2006 study found PCR tests for one virus responded to other viruses too.
- In 2007, reliance on PCR tests resulted in an “outbreak” of Whooping Cough that never actually existed.
- Some tests in the US even reacted to the negative control sample.
- The late President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, submitted samples goat, pawpaw and motor oil for PCR testing, all came back positive for the virus.
- In February of 2020 experts were admitting the test was unreliable. Dr Wang Cheng, president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences told Chinese state television “The accuracy of the tests is only 30-50%”.
- The Australian government’s own website claimed “There is limited evidence available to assess the accuracy and clinical utility of available COVID-19 tests.”
And a Portuguese court ruled that PCR tests were “unreliable” test for Sars-Cov-2 and should not be used for diagnosis and therefore any enforced quarantine based on those test results is unlawful.
The CT values of the PCR tests are too high
PCR tests are run in cycles, the number of cycles you use to get your result is known as your “cycle threshold” or CT value. Kary Mullis said: “If you have to go more than 40 cycles[…]there is something seriously wrong with your PCR.”
The MIQE PCR guidelines agree, stating: “[CT] values higher than 40 are suspect because of the implied low efficiency and generally should not be reported,” Dr Fauci himself even admitted anything over 35 cycles is almost never culturable.
Dr Juliet Morrison, virologist at the University of California, Riverside, told the New York Times: Any test with a cycle threshold above 35 is too sensitive…I’m shocked that people would think that 40 [cycles] could represent a positive…A more reasonable cutoff would be 30 to 35″.
In the same article Dr Michael Mina, of the Harvard School of Public Health, said the limit should be 30, and the author goes on to point out that reducing the CT from 40 to 30 would have reduced “covid cases” in some states by as much as 90%.
The World Health Organization (Twice) Admitted PCR tests produced false positives. In December 2020 WHO put out a briefing memo on the PCR process instructing labs to be wary of high CT values causing false-positive results:
when specimens return a high Ct value, it means that many cycles were required to detect virus. In some circumstances, the distinction between background noise and actual presence of the target virus is difficult to ascertain.
Then, in January 2021, the WHO released another memo, this time warning that “asymptomatic” positive PCR tests should be re-tested because they might be false positives:
Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.
Despite this, it is known almost all the labs in the US are running their tests at least 37 cycles and sometimes as high as 45. The NHS “standard operating procedure” for PCR tests rules set the limit at 40 cycles.
Based on what we know about the CT values, the majority of PCR test results are at best questionable.
The PCR test is unspecific yet it has been promoted as “gold standard’ by the media and huge numbers of tests have been performed results in draconian measures for anyone who tests positive whether they have symptoms or not. We have a pandemic of PCR testing.