The standard PCR tests that were used to diagnose COVID-19 since 2020 have been controversial since its release. Some suggested that the swabs, which have been carried out millions of times, detect common colds and flu and think it’s COVID. Others think they were just picking up people who weren’t even infected.
A research charity called Collateral Global, as well as academics at the University of Oxford, concluded that as many as one-third of all positive COVID cases may not have been infectious. If they are right, this could be translated to roughly six million cases in the U.K. alone.
The Oxford scientists branded the U.K.’s testing programs, which cost a staggering two billion pounds ($2.63 billion) a month, as “chaotic and wasteful.”
Today, testing will only be routinely offered to patients when they come into hospitals or other clinical settings, as well as the vulnerable population. PCRs will still be used to track the spread of the virus in the community, and if there is a resurgence, then the numbers will dictate policy.
The effectiveness of the test is complex and far from a consensus at this point. Collateral Global’s figures have been disputed, and others say that while non-infectious positives did distort the numbers, it was by a minimal amount. Still, others dismiss the notion that testing played a vital part in fighting COVID.
How do PCR tests work?
PCR tests detect tiny fragments of COVID RNA in samples taken from the nose and throat. The swabs are treated and analyzed in labs to extract their genetic material.
With such tiny amounts of RNA on the swabs, it needs to be amplified in a machine before it can be detected. This is done by repeating a cycle of heating and cooling, which encourages the material to make copies of itself. The more times the cycle is performed, the more likely it is for the machine to detect the virus. (Related: Coronavirus RT-PCR tests are being used to mislead people amid the pandemic, says health expert.)
This technique has been used for non-COVID viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis. Sometimes, it is also used in crime scene forensics when looking for DNA. Essentially, the test is very good at working out whether a genetic code is in there or not.
However, this is not the same for COVID. The problem is that dead fragments of a virus could linger up to 90 days, increasing the chances of having false-positive results.
Experts believe those who tested positive for COVID-19 but were asymptomatic or barely affected are less likely to transmit the virus, but many governments around the world still ordered them to isolate.
Another concern is in how these tests were performed. With the government wanting to perform over 100,000 tests a day and farming out the work to newly established networks.
In 2021, with testing scaled up further and more of the tests were farmed out to the private sector, the tests were no longer standardized, with many saying testing has become a money-making exercise. (Related: High-cycle PCR tests do not properly diagnose covid-19, were weaponized to terrorize nations and deprive personal liberties.)
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