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Potholer54 PCR Testing

02/21/2021

My comment:



Thanks and good work debunking some exaggerations and misinformation regarding PCR. However, the video makes no attempt to address legitimate concerns that inappropriate use of PCR testing has lead to greatly exaggerated case numbers. It's easy to pick holes in the arguments of a few internet cranks but there are a wealth of very qualified, experienced scientists also raising concerns regarding the testing strategy. 


For instance, governments have based case numbers on high cycle thresholds without ensuring positive cases correspond with clinical presentation, contrary to updated WHO advice. https://www.who.int/news/item/20-01-2021-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users-2020-05. As I understand it, it's true PCR testing is not a suitable method for the type of mass testing currently underway, the UK alone carrying out over half a million tests every day.


It's the reportedly huge numbers of positive cases that governments have used to justify draconian and devastating lockdown restrictions so people who raise concerns about this stye of testing do have a point, even if some of the specific arguments they make are confused or misinformed. The example of the false whooping cough outbreak that never was based on PCR tests seems relevant. https://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/22/health/22whoop.html


It is interesting how case numbers, still based on the same testing strategy, have fallen dramatically in recent weeks, for instance in no-lockdown Florida and mega-lockdown UK. My hunch is that we have much greater levels of immunity than acknowledged which means people have been testing positive but asymptomatically as the virus bounces around. As the virus doesn't multiply to the same extent in immune/asymptomatic individuals, it's now fading away once there's enough immunity just as all viruses do eventually.


The Emperor's New Clothing aspect to this whole sorry affair, in my opinion, is this concept of asymptomatic infection; previously known as immunity, which is driving government policy.