Adding fuel to diminished public confidence in messaging from the United States government, on Wednesday the CDC admitted what has long been suspected: the PCR test that forces quarantines and drives shutdowns is faulty. This is the same PCR test that many employers require and some businesses have attempted to force employees to pay for.
Many have suspected this for months. Physicians and scientists began posting concerns more than a year ago. But big tech’s clampdown on what they term “misinformation” led to the prompt removal of most online postings on this subject.
However, postings on alternative news platforms have grown exponentially in recent months, which many believe forced the CDC to announce last July that a new PCR test would be introduced at the end of 2021.
On Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky explained that quarantine guidelines were being amended because PCR tests often show “positive” for COVID-19 well beyond the point of transmissibility, according to a report in Daily Wire.
Dr. Walensky linked the need to change isolation or quarantine guidelines to errors often yielded by PCR tests.
FDA and CDC representatives have touted the accuracy and necessity of PCR testing many times. Their recommendations have shaped government policies that significantly impact the nation’s economy, employment, and education sectors.
Today’s admission by the CDC director enraged many Americans, particularly since it is suspected federal agencies have known about the faulty test for months yet continued introducing draconian mask and vaccination mandate policies.
On Wednesday, ABC’s “Good Morning America” aired an interview during which Dr. Walensky stated that PCR tests can show positive results for COVID-19 for as long as three months.
“The newly updated CDC guidelines don’t require testing at the end of isolation because PCR tests can stay positive for up to 12 weeks,” said Dr. Walensky. “So we would have people in isolation for a very long time if we were relying on PCRs.”
Walensky’s admission follows a Tuesday update from the FDA: “Preliminary study results of some antigen tests using patient samples containing live virus. Early data suggest that antigen tests do detect the omicron variant but may have reduced sensitivity. The FDA will continue to collaborate with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) RADx program to further evaluate the performance of antigen tests using patient samples with live virus.”
Translation: Rapid testing for COVID-19 is helpful in some circumstances, but ineffective in others.
Many are outraged.
Political commentator Yossi Gestetner tweeted: “This means that for the past 21 months, people sat home for extra days and weeks because their test came back with an irrelevant positive. We didn’t know this 6, 12, 18 months ago? Really?”
This means that for the past 21 months, people sat home for extra days and weeks because their test came back with an irrelevant positive. We didn’t know this 6, 12, 18 months ago? Really?
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) December 29, 2021
Congressional candidate Robby Starbuck tweeted: “I’m old enough to remember when we were called conspiracy theorists for telling people that PCR tests were terribly unreliable. 2 years later the CDC finally caught up and acknowledged reality.”
I’m old enough to remember when we were called conspiracy theorists for telling people that PCR tests were terribly unreliable. 2 years later the CDC finally caught up and acknowledged reality. https://t.co/Di16nImbS1
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 29, 2021
The title of a joint article by MSN and Boston Globe expresses what most Americans are perhaps feeling at the moment: “Dr. Rochelle Walensky has a credibility problem.”
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