CDC: covid test can't tell difference between flu & covid Dec 29, 2021 13:39:43 GMT -5
Post by jdv on Dec 29, 2021 13:39:43 GMT -5
This post is under economy b/c in large part, positive tests for covid were the reason for shutting everything down. We now know that the test has always been faulty.
Yes, the CDC - during Christmas break when it's sure to get the least amount of attention - just admited that quick turn-around covid test can't tell difference between covid & the flu, and also cancels requirement of 2 week wait & negative test:
"CDC Withdraws Use of PCR Test for COVID and Finally Admits the Test Can Not Differentiate Between the Flu and COVID Virus
After December 31, 2021, the CDC will withdraw the use of the PCR test for COVID-19 testing. The CDC finally admitted the test does not differentiate between the flu and COVID virus.
From the CDC:
"CDC recommends clinical laboratories and testing sites that have been using the CDC 2019-nCoV RT-PCR assay select and begin their transition to another FDA-authorized COVID-19 test.
CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses."
The part in bold is straight up amazing. It is an admission that the current tests do not differentiate between the flu and covid.
Which would explain why this country went from 80,000 flu deaths in 2018 to 88,000 flu deaths in 2019 to fewer than 5,000 in 2020 - they were all simply counted as covid deaths.
The also issued another huge "correction" to the numbers, now claiming that only 22% of the new covid wave are caused by Omincron. That no doubt spurred by the fact that the vast majority of tests - the same tests which give a positive for the flu - can not specifically test for Omicron.
But also maybe because now we know Omicron is a weaker variant, thus unable to produce the proper level of fear - so get ready for the news to start doubling (tripling?) down on a DELTA VARIANT 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO.
The CDC also has eliminated the 2 week quarantine period, now making it only 5 days. They also no longer require a negative test (again, because the vast majority of the tests we've been using are essentially worthless).
Hard to say if all of this is an attempt to protect 81,000,000 vote getter Joe Biden, whose poll numbers are now below water in 45 states, or if the CDC is trying to save ass as Americans slowly get wise to reality. The CDC has been spectacularly wrong about nearly every aspect of this disease from the start.
Also of note, as the United States still makes no effect to systematically test it's citizens for previous covid infection, we have no idea how many Americans already have natural immunity.
Either way, Karen Nation is already howling about the changes.