Over the last several days TJN News has reported on several items related to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that can detect a sample of the COVID-19 virus
TV reported on a case in which Four German holidaymakers who were illegally quarantined in Portugal after one was judged to be positive for Covid-19 have won their case, in a verdict that condemns the widely-used PCR test as being up to 97-percent unreliable(LINK)
TJV news reported: a video that was banned within 2 hours on YouTube where Dr. Michael Yeadon, an Allergy & Respiratory Therapeutic Area expert with 23 years in the pharmaceutical industry, including the Chief Science Officer claims that half or even “almost all” of tests for COVID are false positives(LINK)
“Cycle thresholds” (Ct) are the level at which widely used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test can detect a sample of the COVID-19 virus. The higher the number of cycles, the lower the amount of viral load in the sample; the lower the cycles, the more prevalent the virus was in the original sample.
In all of the previous articles, the crux of the argument is that the Ct is being set too high, by test administers. This is resulting in an alleged high level of false positives.
The Governor of Florida has evidently been paying attention.
For the first time in the history of the pandemic, a state will require that all labs in the state report the critical “cycle threshold” level of every COVID-19 test they perform.
All positive, negative and indeterminate COVID-19 laboratory results must be reported to FDOH via electronic laboratory reporting or by fax immediately. This includes all COVID-19 test types – polymerase chain reaction (PCR), other RNA, antigen and antibody results.
Cycle threshold (CT) values and their reference ranges, as applicable, must be reported by laboratories to FDOH via electronic laboratory reporting or by fax immediately.
So in other words, Florida’s health department is requiring the labs to reveal the settings used in the COVID tests. Some will quickly argue that Florida is doing this to cover up their COVID rates, by eliminating tests as false positives. Expect to hear this on CNN shortly.
However, if you have been following the deep news, which TJV often provides, the COVID tests, set on higher “Cycle Thresholds” often produce false positives. It is recommended that the Ct. be lowered from the 30-40 range to the 20-30 range, which produces a more accurate test. If the virus is found at a lower cycle, it is more potent the viral load is.
Here is the memo from the Florida Department of Health: