• Covid testing

    The following has come from an email that i have received today from a well know American doctor with regard void testing.

    I am sure that the same applies to the UK.

    Why I Don’t Recommend COVID-19 Tests

    Overall, I do not recommend that healthy people get tested for active COVID-19 infection. The tests are intended to be used on patients who meet the CDC clinical criteria for COVID-19, such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. That said, it is always best to nip any type of infection in the bud. So, if you have early or mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and have been exposed to someone who has the disease, it’s best to be tested in a professional setting and to follow up with your health care provider.

    Here are some of the reasons I do not suggest you take a COVID-19 test if you are healthy:

    Accuracy. The current COVID-19 tests for active infection are called reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests. RT-PCR tests detect genetic material related to a specific virus. However, they are not always accurate. The COVID-19 RT-PCR test may not be able to distinguish among COVID-19 infection and infections from other coronaviruses, adenoviruses, and rhinoviruses that cause the common cold and cold-like symptoms; bacteria and other viruses that cause upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, and even tuberculosis; and some spirochetes such as those often associated with Lyme disease and co-infections. There can be a high rate of false positives, including people with past infections testing positive with a low, noninfectious viral load. (According to Dr. Birx and the CDC, at the time this blog was written, 50 percent of the positive tests were false positives.)

    Contact tracing. In the United States, all positive COVID-19 tests, regardless of accuracy, are required to be reported to the appropriate public health authorities for contact tracing purposes. How strenuous the contact tracing is in your area is determined by state and local authorities. It may mean government officials calling you or showing up at your door and asking for the names of everyone you have been within 6 feet of. Those people will then be traced and contacted and potentially required to take a test, even if they are healthy, in order to go back to their daily life. In addition, once you take a COVID-19 test, the government owns your health information.

    FDA approval. The COVID-19 tests on the market today—including the ones being used in health care settings—are not FDA-approved. These tests were quickly passed for temporary use under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) mechanism, which means they are for emergency use only during a specific time frame and have not undergone the same scrutiny as FDA-approved tests.

    Proper specimen. While at-home COVID-19 tests only require you to stick a nasal swab into your lower to mid-nasal passage and may be easier to use and less painful than a nasopharyngeal test (like the one you get from your health care provider), comparisons also show them to be less accurate. Part of the reason is that people are less likely to collect their specimen properly and are more likely to mishandle the specimen. And remember, the same data collection and contact tracing laws apply to at-home tests.

    I also do not recommend that anyone take a COVID-19 antibody test to see if you’ve had a past infection. These tests look for the antibodies made by B cells. Antibodies can take several days or even weeks to develop after you have had an infection. They can stay in your blood for up to several weeks after recovery. But if you test too soon or too late (such as months after an infection), you may not have antibodies. And some people may never even produce antibodies because their infection was quelled by what are known as T cells. Recent studies have shown that both noninfected and infected people harbor T cells that target the SARS-CoV-2. This is most likely due to previously having had other coronaviruses. Strong T-cell responses are a good indicator of a strong immune system and potential long-term protective immunity.

    Many people seem to be unaware that in Germany and other European countries they have started sending soldiers to peoples homes to test the occupants and registering them as to whether they are 'covid safe'.

    Our government are preparing to do the same and are suggesting that they will be surveilling the population and giving them the right to inspect your home and remove anyone, including children, to a 'place suitable for screening and assessment. This could be an isolation facility, and NHS facilty or any other agreed facility (as long as it is suitbale for screening and assessment).

    They must have read The Handmaids Tale - there certainly seems to be a lot or similarities, with our current siutation. The problem is if we allow ourselves to be taken too far own the rabbit hole, it will get harder to climb out.

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