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A Portuguese appeals court has ruled that PCR tests are unreliable and that it is unlawful to quarantine people based solely on a PCR test.
The court stated, the test’s reliability depends on the number of cycles used and the viral load present. Citing Jaafar et al. 2020, the court concludes that:
if someone is tested by PCR as positive when a threshold of 35 cycles or higher is used (as is the rule in most laboratories in Europe and the US), the probability that said person is infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97%.
The court further notes that the cycle threshold used for the PCR tests currently being made in Portugal is unknown.
The threshold cycles used in PCR tests in India is between 37 and 40, which makes the reliability of the PCR test less than 3% and the false positive rate as high as 97%.
This case concerned the fact that four people had been quarantined by the Regional Health Authority. Of these, one had tested positive for COVID using a PCR test; the other three were deemed to have undergone a high risk of exposure.
Consequently, the Regional Health Authority decided that all four were infectious and a health hazard, which required that they go into isolation.
Notes from APS Radio News
In the past few months many media entities have emphasized that the number of cases of the virus has “surged” or “increased” substantially, compared to the period fo the
Often in news stories there is little or no mention of the mortality rate, which is someone like .0007 or .07% in a number of locations.
Articles often fail to mention that the recovery rate is about 98%, for most age groups, critics maintain.
In addition, observers say that the number of virus tests administered has increased markedly, since the early part of March, when first the virus was publicized by many media
For example, according to Our World in Data, whereas on June 24, 2020, in the UK, approximately 1,123 daily per million were tested for the covid virus, on November 11th of
the same year, about 3,975 people were tested, merely to to name one example.
In the U.S., on June 24, 2020, daily, about 2,039 people per million were tested, on November 11, 2020 about 3,256 people per million were tested.
In addition, a number of virologists are saying that the PCR test, which tests for the virus, often is amplified too many times.
By this they mean that testing samples are amplified about 40 times.
The problems with this approach, they say, is that the greater the number of times a sample is amplified, the greater is the chance that false positives will result.
As well, they caution that when material is amplified that many times, there’s a greater chance that test results will include previously contracted viruses, like the common
In the past so many months the CDC (Center for Disease Control) issued a report, which seemed to suggest that while the number of covid cases increased, the number of other
types of viruses decreased.
Statista, a well-respected statistics service, which is used by various types of industries as well as by agencies of Germany’s government, seems to show what some might call
are bell-shaped curves, with respect to mortality rates due to the current virus, for two different locations, New York and Swedent.
While Sweden has avoided restrictions and lockdowns, New York has done the opposite.
Yet, both locations seem to demonstrate the same shaped curve, with regard to mortality rates, as a function of time.
Returning to the CDC, the latter indicates that almost 94% of deaths associated with the virus were likely caused by other factors, like obesity, cancer and heart disease