Last week the Center for Disease Control sent out a notice that they will be withdrawing their request for Emergency Use Authorization of PCR tests for Covid-19, instead suggesting they adopt “method[s] that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.”
This carries a certain amount of vindication for local health board member Dr. Annie Bukacek, who went viral last year when she blew the whistle on how death certificates were being manipulated (The original video has now been taken down by YouTube). She also called out PCR testing as being inadequate to detect the novel Coronavirus and was vocal about local laboratories using PCR cycle thresholds well above the recommended levels, which, even the World Health Organization has since admitted, leads to false positives:
“…the probability that a person who has a positive result is truly infected with SARS-CoV-2 decreases as positive rate decreases, irrespective of the assay specificity. Therefore, healthcare providers are encouraged to take into consideration testing results along with clinical signs and symptoms, confirmed status of any contacts, etc.”
The “positivity rate” mentioned refers to the increase in cycle threshold. Unfortunately the original WHO post admitting this has been deleted, but was well documented at the time of release in December of 2020.
The inventor of the PCR test, Kary Mullis, who passed away in 2019, was vocal about the inadequacy of his test as a diagnostic tool, stating that its primary use was only for analysis purposes.
The FDA has also issued a notice about a Class 1 recall, which they define as “the most serious type of recall,” for the Innova Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test. A test that, according to Innova Medical Group’s website, has been well-studied in recent months and can significantly reduce the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Studies cited on Innova’s website claim the test is capable of detecting multiple variants of the virus, with one study from May of this year claiming that the test was as effective as a 10 day quarantine.
All of this comes as the CDC has today changed their guidance on mask-wearing, now suggesting that fully-vaccinated citizens should also wear masks indoors. The guidelines also suggest that teachers, staff, visitors and children from grades Kindergarten to 12 grade wear masks indoors.
The new guidelines are being suggested as the so-called Delta variant of the virus continues to spread. It is unknown if the recalled testing procedures are being used to test for this variant, but it is notable that the CDC isn’t withdrawing their Emergency Use Authorization of the PCR test until December 31st of this year.
The guidance on masks from the CDC has shifted drastically over the course of the pandemic and some governors and legislators are now questioning the veracity of the new guidelines.
The governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, writes on twitter, “The CDC shifts their position AGAIN. South Dakota’s cases remain low. If you’re worried about the virus, you’re free to get vaccinated, wear a mask, or stay at home. But we won’t be mandating anything. And the CDC’s inconsistency doesn’t help the American people.”
Montana’s governor Greg Gianforte took to Facebook to urge “school leaders” to “look at the data” before imposing new mask guidelines. He also continues to suggest Montanans get vaccinated.