Articles tagged with: PCR

CLAIM REVIEWS

Most positive COVID-19 PCR test results are true positives; WHO information notice didn’t change threshold or criteria for a positive COVID-19 test

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“WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives”; the WHO’s new guidance includes lower PCR thresholds

SOURCE: Joseph Mercola, David Samedi, Zero Hedge, Children’s Health Defense

Published: 25 Jan 2021

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Claim that high PCR test sensitivity inflates COVID-19 cases wrongly conflates the issue of contagiousness with the presence of infection

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“Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared to acknowledge that large numbers of positive COVID-19 cases may arise from oversensitive tests that pick up mere fragments of the virus rather than active, viable infections. If true, many patients may have been receiving false-positive test results”

SOURCE: Daniel Payne, Just the News

Published: 12 Nov 2020

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Misinterpreted New York Times report leads to false claim that the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is inflated by up to 90%

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COVID-19 case numbers are inflated due to PCR test sensitivity; “90% of positive COVID-19 tests should be negative”

SOURCE: Liz Wheeler, Steve Deace, One America News Network, The Blaze

Published: 10 Sep 2020

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Human DNA does not produce a positive result on the RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2

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“WHO coronavirus PCR test primer sequence is found in all human DNA”; “this means that the WHO test kits should find a positive result in all humans”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Piece of Mindful

Published: 31 Aug 2020

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Internet memes based on hearsay claim that hospital laboratories falsify COVID-19 tests to inflate numbers without evidence

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Hospital laboratories falsify positive COVID-19 results

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 04 Jul 2020

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PCR tests for COVID-19 are specific for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and do not detect other coronaviruses, contrary to claims in viral article and video

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There are no reliable tests for a specific COVID-19 virus

SOURCE: Jerry Day, Julian Rose, GlobalResearch.ca, YouTube

Published: 06 Apr 2020

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