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Coronavirus Cases Plummet When PCR Tests Are Adjusted

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Health experts now say that PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus associated with the illness COVID-19, is too sensitive and needs to be adjusted to rule out people who have insignificant amounts of the virus in their system.1 The test’s threshold is so high that it detects people with the live virus as well as those with a few genetic fragments left over from a past infection that no longer poses a risk. It’s like finding a hair in a room after a person left it, says Michael Mina, MD, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.2

In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The New York Times found.3

Manufacturers and Labs Set Criteria for Positive COVID-19 Test Results

The reverse transcriptase quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) test used to identify those people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus uses a nasal swab to collect RNA from deep within the nasal cavity of the individual being tested. The RNA is reverse transcribed into DNA and amplified through 40 or more cycles, or until virus is detected.4 The result is reported as a simple “yes” or “no” answer to the question of whether someone is infected.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials state they do not specify the cycle threshold ranges used to determine who is positive, and that commercial manufacturers and laboratories set their own threshold ranges.5

PCR Test Threshold for COVID-19 Positivity Is Too Sensitive

Any test with a cycle threshold (CT) above 35 is too sensitive, says Juliet Morrison, PhD, a virologist at the University of California, Riverside. “I’m shocked that people would think that 40 [cycles] could represent a positive.” A more reasonable cutoff would be 30 to 35, she added. Dr. Mina said he would set the figure at 30, or even less. Those changes would mean the amount of genetic material in a patient’s sample would have to be 100-fold to 1,000-fold that of the current standard for the test to return a positive result worth acting on.6

The CDC’s own calculations suggest that it is extremely difficult to detect any live virus in a sample above a threshold of 33 cycles.7

“We’ve been using one type of data for everything, and that is just plus or minus—that’s all,” Dr. Mina said. “We’re using that for clinical diagnostics, for public health, for policy decision-making.” But “yes” or “no” isn’t good enough, he added. It’s the amount of virus that should dictate the infected patient’s next steps. “It’s really irresponsible, I think, to forgo the recognition that this is a quantitative issue,” Dr. Mina said.8

The number of people with positive results who aren’t infectious is particularly concerning, said Scott Becker, executive director of the Association of Public Health Laboratories. “That worries me a lot, just because it’s so high,” he said.9

SARS-CoV-2 Positive Case Numbers Drop When Cycle Threshold is Adjusted, Removing Need for Contact Tracing

Officials at the Wadsworth Center, New York’s state lab, have access to CT values from tests they have processed, and analyzed their numbers at The Times’s request. In July, the lab identified 872 positive tests, based on a threshold of 40 cycles. With a cutoff of 35 cycles, about 43 percent of those tests would no longer qualify as positive. About 63 percent would no longer be judged positive if the cycles were limited to 30.

In Massachusetts, from 85 to 90 percent of people who tested positive in July with a cycle threshold of 40 would have been deemed negative if the threshold were 30 cycles, Dr. Mina said. “I would say that none of those people should be contact-traced, not one,” he said.

“I’m really shocked that it could be that high—the proportion of people with high CT value results,” said Ashish Jha, MD, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. “Boy, does it really change the way we need to be thinking about testing.”10

“Gold Standard” PCR Tests Leave Many Unanswered Questions Due to Knowledge Gaps

A positive PCR test does not tell doctors whether the person is currently ill or will become ill in the future, whether they are infectious or will become infectious, whether they are recovered or recovering from COVID, or whether the PCR test identified a viral fragment from another coronavirus infection in the past. The CDC reports that a person who has recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to three months after diagnosis and may test positive, even though they are not spreading COVID-19.11

CT Value Adds Context to PCR Results, Personalizes Care

Although the cycle threshold (CT) is not reported on PCR tests, new evidence suggests the CT value could help to better inform clinical decisions, particularly when testing in the absence of symptoms for COVID-19. When SARS-CoV-2 virus is detected after fewer amplification cycles, that indicates a higher viral load and a higher likelihood of being contagious, while virus detected after more amplifications indicates a lower viral load.

“It’s just kind of mind-blowing to me that people are not recording the CT values from all these tests—that they’re just returning a positive or a negative,” said Angela Rasmussen, PhD, a virologist at Columbia University in New York. “It would be useful information to know if somebody’s positive, whether they have a high viral load or a low viral load,” she added.12

In a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases in May, 2020,13 the authors suggested that viral load based on CT cutoff could establish whether inpatients have transmissible disease or need to be retested. This would conserve valuable testing capacity, reagents, and personal protective equipment (PPE), and determine when a patient could discontinue isolation. Taking the CT value into account may also help justify symptom-based strategies recommended by the CDC. CT values may enable contact tracers to focus only on persons most likely to be infectious, which will become increasingly important as asymptomatic screening expands.

Another study14 found that patients with positive PCR tests at a CT above 33-34 are not contagious and can be discharged from the hospital or strict confinement at home.

Evidence from both viral isolation and contact tracing studies supports a short, early period of transmissibility. By accounting for the CT value in context, RT-qPCR results can be used in a way that is personalized, highly sensitive, and more specific.15

FDA Approves Rapid, Less Sensitive Coronavirus Antigen Test

Highly sensitive PCR tests seemed like the best option for tracking the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic. But for the outbreaks raging now, Dr. Mina said, what’s needed are coronavirus tests that are fast, cheap and abundant enough to frequently test everyone who needs it—even if the tests are less sensitive. “It might not catch every last one of the transmitting people, but it sure will catch the most transmissible people, including the super spreaders.”

The FDA noted that people may have a low viral load when they are newly infected. A test with less sensitivity would miss these infections. That problem is easily solved, Dr. Mina said: “Test them again, six hours later or 15 hours later or whatever,” he said. A rapid test would find these patients quickly, even if it were less sensitive, because their viral loads would quickly rise. People infected with the virus are most infectious from a day or two before symptoms appear till about five days after. But at the current testing rates, “you’re not going to be doing it frequently enough to have any chance of really capturing somebody in that window,” Dr. Mina added.16

When a patient is tested for the coronavirus, doctors typically tell them to stay home until the results come in. If a patient tests positive and faces a two-week quarantine, that means they could spend a total of three weeks in isolation. That’s a long time for anybody who has bills to pay or kids to care for, and it’s understandable that some people will continue working until the results come in. The problem is that anybody who does this with a serious infection is putting others at risk.17 Rapid tests can be helpful in these situations.

In late August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t need any special computer equipment. Made by Abbot Laboratories, the 15-minute test will sell for U.S. $5 but still requires a nasal swab to be taken by a health worker.18 The Abbot test is the fourth rapid point-of-care test that looks for the presence of antigens rather than the virus’s genetic code as the PCR molecular tests do. 19

Click here to view References:

1 Lenthang M. Experts: US CVOID-19 positivity rate high due to ‘too sensitive’ tests. Daily Mail Aug. 30, 2020.
2 Ibid.
3 Mandavilli A. Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be. The New York Times Aug. 29, 2020.
4 SARS CoV2 Molecular Assay Evaluation: Results. FINDDX July 3, 2020.
5 See Footnote 3.
6 Ibid.
7 Ibid.
8 Ibid.
9 Ibid.
10 Ibid.
11 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19. Sept 10, 2020.
12 See Footnote 3.
13 Tom MR, Mina MJ. To Interpret the SARS-CoV-2 Test, Consider the Cycle Threshold Value Clinical Infectious Diseases May 21, 2020.
14 Scola BL, Bideau ML, et al. Viral RNA load as determined by cell culture as a management tool for discharge of SARS-CoV-2 patients from infectious disease wards. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Apr. 27, 2020; 39(6): 1059-1061.
15 See Footnote 13.
16 See Footnote 3.
17 Editorial: Questionable Testing Thresholds. The Northside Sun Sept. 17, 2020.
18 Foster R, Mundell EJ. FDA Approves New Rapid Coronavirus Test. WebMD Aug. 27, 2020.
19 Brueck, H. Rapid coronavirus tests can give results in 15 minutes, but they aren’t a pass for partying or seeing your parents. Business Insider Sept. 21, 2020.

41 Responses

  1. Do any of these tests actually test for the virus that they claim causes COVID? Everything I have seen says no. This is just more hogwash. Let’s just put an end to this stupidity.

    1. Do they even know what virus is causing the sickness, or is sars just accompanying the real virus, since normal scientific testing on thousands of people were never done, only very few tests were done that isolated the virus. The way I understand the science is, for all we know this virus has been around for a long time and we just discovered it, but haven’t even isolated it in enough cases scientifically to verify it is the problem.

      1. Actually, NOBODY have isolated the presumed “Virus” that they call SARS-Cov2. They said that some Chinese did in the beginning of the outbreak, but actually they didn’t. There is absolutely no evidence at all that the virus exists. The photos of the supposed virus (with the corona” is showing exactly how “Exosomes” look. You can say that Exosomes is cell-wasteproducts that gets excreted when the body gets rid off a threat/waste. It can be anything really. Radiation, chemicals etc. Everything that harms the body.

  2. Barbara, why are references missing? What you have listed as “reference” look more like tags to other articles. The skeptics you wish to reach like to see a ref number track down to a document at the bottom. I would put these online since you already probably have this written.

      1. Look for the Click here to View References: at the end of the article. Footnotes were used, list of References exist.

  3. this article has increased my confusion! this virus – which i feel sure is GMO, although no one has directly said that – apparently leaves those who have ‘recovered’ with residual ‘side effects’ such as cardiac, renal and liver issues. what, then, could be considered ” insignificant amounts of the virus “?

    “A positive PCR test does not tell doctors whether the person is currently ill or will become ill in the future, whether they are infectious or will become infectious, whether they are recovered or recovering from COVID, or whether the PCR test identified a viral fragment from another coronavirus infection in the past. ” this sounds like the test we are using is totally useless!

    and how do they really know that a recovering person who has low levels of the virus is no longer contagious??

    the entire management of this “pandemic” has been grossly mismanaged, from its creation to now!

    1. Take a read of this Naomi…. WE ALL NEED to READ this Open Letter from these Belian Doctors. Here’s a Red Pill of Truth for ALL!

      Open Letter from Medical Doctors and Health Professionals to All Belgian Authorities and All Belgian Media

      …. “there is no medical justification for any emergency policy anymore.” ….
      …. “We call for an end to all measures and ask for an immediate restoration of our normal democratic governance and legal structures and of all our civil liberties.” ….
      …. “Meanwhile, there is an affordable, safe and efficient therapy available for those who do show severe symptoms of disease in the form of HCQ (hydroxychloroquine), zinc and AZT (azithromycin). Rapidly applied this therapy leads to recovery and often prevents hospitalisation. *Hardly anyone has to die now.

      ….”From the distressing media images of ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) where people were suffocating and given artificial respiration in agony, we now know that this was caused by an exaggerated immune response with intravascular coagulation in the pulmonary blood vessels. The administration of blood thinners and dexamethasone and the avoidance of artificial ventilation, which was found to cause additional damage to lung tissue, means that this dreaded complication, too, is virtually not fatal anymore. 47
      It is therefore not a killer virus, but a well-treatable condition. “….

  4. These are the experts that we are supposed to trust with our health. What is the truth about any of this fake pandemic? We will never know.

  5. Hi! The quotes are impressive but I am wondering why the reference numbers do not actually link to the reference list at the end. Even the list of references at the end have no external links. Can you fix this? I would love to have the references for my own use, please, if you can share them. Thanks!

  6. Just as I thought, 90% of what are called “cases” in virtually every radio news report are not cases at all. These are not sick people and they are not contageous. The news media are making it appear much bigger and much worse than it is, by far!

  7. This article still does not recognise that The Virus has not been isolated and that the genetic material The Test seeks therefore, cannot be said to be even viral, let alone from a deadly virus. Its recommendation to do more and more testing, albeit quicker and cheaper, simply continues to endorse the pseudo-scientific, faith-based nature of this latest viral scam.

  8. Very interesting article. The public should know more about this but the media predictably ignores it because it does not fit the Bill Gates narrative. Thanks for letting us know.

    1. It’s about New World Order, coming in January 2021, regardless of who is president–but with Biden it will come sooner. This virus is to keep your attention away from whats really coming. Connect the dots.

  9. For those who say the “references are missing”: to the left of the word ‘Reference’ there is a down arrow. Click there and the references are there.

  10. I shared this last night, and by this morning fb had added a note that it had been fact checked and found to be ‘partly false’ by their independent fact checkers. No reference as to what was ‘partly false’, just an addition to my sharing of it to discredit the info.

  11. There is some truth to this but I think its greatly exaggerated. For example, if 90% of all new cases in MA aren’t real, it’s not live virus and not infectious, then how did more than 11K people get infected in September?

    The alternative is that R0 is higher, meaning the disease is more infectious than believed.

    People are getting sick and people are dying. In MA, 400 this month. That’s around 3.6%. So if 90% of these cases aren’t “real”, that would make the Case Fatality Rate 36% – more than 1 in 3. Meaning the disease is much more deadly than believed.

  12. We’ve known this for MONTHS and the terrorist mainstream media just keeps rolling out the fear around “cases”.

  13. I sensed something wasn’t right with nasal swab testing. I never took the test, it seems to be a waste.

  14. Funny that while legal in Germany, live-blood-analysis is illegal in the usa because of these SAME types of results- leftover relics. Hmmmmm….All a buncha crap.

  15. This evidence is compelling but how do you get people to trust it when every reference refers back to this same article ???!!!

  16. I have just shared this article on Facebook. The so called independent fact checkers were on the alert immediately, letting us know that this article is based on a misinterpretation of a New York Times article.

    Come on, really?

  17. New World Order, Gates, aided and abetted by Fauci the Weasel, Redfield the Unscrupulousness and all the big pharma tools at NIH. This has cost people dearly in this County with lock downs, mental depression, this is NOT the Spanish Flu, this is a huge hoax.

    1. I absolutely agree……this bullshit virus is a distraction from what they are really trying to do….control, control, control, New World Order…..

  18. I have known this since MARCH – it ain’t rocket science – its amazing that reality is finally taking hold. The inventor of this test, Kerry Mullis (who died – odd for a healthy man to drop dead ??????) adamantly stated that this test is NOT A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL.

  19. Michel in Québec Canada

    How come all those scientist doesn’t realized that….Now the economy is technically bankrupt, Now what else ?

  20. Can you please give links to the references? Do you have them numbered, but there’s nowhere to read the data/articles.

  21. Great article I will share it with Cairnsnews so their readers could also be informed. The reason why covid positive cases are low now compared to 2020 is that its based on Problem, Reaction and Solution. Here is the problem Covid 19 was created from Event 201 hence was called a Novel Virus so is a Novel that was well thought of. Reaction is by Neil Ferguson using a computer model that has been proven to be inaccurate using China’s Narrative in dealing with any Virus they get. Solution is injecting billions with these Covid 19 Vaccines all under EUA for 2 years. That’s their science this is how I see it.

    Problem is no pure sample of Covid 19 even exists its why so many False Positives because as this article explains the RT-PCR test can not differentiate one virus from another. The real question is has any virus been purified and isolated using the first 2 rules from Koch Postulates and not done in a lab environment only. Or is Germ Theory not as reliable as everyone believes and where Doctors and Scientists learn from because no other option is available like learning about Antoine Béchamps Terrain Theory.

    Why was only 170 cases observed with Pfizer and just 8 was the only Clinical human 3rd trial with Pfizer Vaccine Group its how got 95% effective rate surely everyone at least in the Vaccine Group should have been observed. Its also interesting how they got their cases is also using the RT-PCR test and having 2 symptoms that could even be from just a common cold. Could the 3 Vaccines on EUA also just observed and tested with RT-PCR just have enough cases to be on EUA.

    With these 3 Vaccines on EUA for next 2 years wouldn’t it be wise now since millions have been vaccinated, to see what Adverse Reactions is known from VAERS. Which only receive about 1% of this information so whatever CDC states need to times it by 99 for the real numbers.

  22. @ William Jude Dunn

    “. . . Kerry Mullis (who died – odd for a healthy man to drop dead ??????) ”

    You are indeed correct that Dr. Kary Mullis emphatically stated that his PCR test should never be used to diagnose a disease.

    However, he was just 4 month and 3 weeks shy of his 75th birthday when he died of pneumonia.

    Dr. Muillis had a long history of drug abuse including LSD:


    “Mullis practiced clandestine chemistry throughout his graduate studies, specializing in the synthesis of LSD; according to White, “I knew he was a good chemist because he’d been synthesizing hallucinogenic drugs at Berkeley.

    “He detailed his experiences synthesizing and testing various psychedelic amphetamines and a difficult trip on DET in his autobiography.

    “In a Q&A interview published in the September 1994 issue of California Monthly, Mullis said, ‘Back in the 1960s and early 1970s I took plenty of LSD. A lot of people were doing that in Berkeley back then. And I found it to be a mind-opening experience. It was certainly much more important than any courses I ever took.’ ”

    “During a symposium held for centenarian Albert Hofmann, Hofmann said Mullis had told him that LSD had ‘helped him develop the polymerase chain reaction that helps amplify specific DNA sequences.’ ”

    While 74 is not “very” old in today’s world, it is not young either.

    Mullis’ age plus his long history of drug abuse combine to argue in favor of immune suppression and/or he simply had a genetic predisposition to an earlier demise that was hastened by his lifetime drug habit.

    Hence, IMHO, Mullis was anything but the picture of “a healthy man” as you described.

  23. Dr. Kary Mullis, Nobel Laureate for his invention of PCR has stated clearly that PCR is a tool to replicate cells and NOT a Test. That implies all the C-19 Tests are inaccurate…

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