The media and large parts of the medical community are stroking the panic surrounding COVID-19.
A positive PCR test on an asymptomatic person is problematic. PCR tests are notoriously inaccurate as they are based on detecting small portions of viral RNA, which are then amplified many times to increase the sensitivity. This New York Times article explains exactly why PCR testing is flawed.
President Trump recently tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, presumably using a PCR test. The PCR test is considered the “gold standard” among the various tests.
In essence, the PCR is overly sensitive and basing policy on just “cases” is not good science. Early on in the COVID-19 spread, testing was mainly done on healthcare workers and people exhibiting symptoms. Later on, in the spring and summer months, testing was widely available and the emphasis shifted to testing the general asymptomatic population. From March 15 to April 15, 623,000 thousand cases were recorded in the U.S. with approximately 42,000 deaths registered from May 1 to June 1. It takes anywhere from five to six weeks from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms to the time when subsequent death occurs and is recorded. From July 1 to August 1, 2.03 million cases were recorded and six weeks later starting on August 15 through Sept. 15, approximately 27,000 deaths were recorded.
So, we can see with a 300+% increase in cases there was a 36% decrease in deaths. It seems pretty obvious that increasing testing among an asymptomatic population will only increase the number of cases while the mortality rate continues to decrease in the latter stages of this pandemic.
The virus peaked in the spring in the Northern latitudes with a second, weaker wave in the Southern latitudes during the the summer months. Testing asymptomatic people is bad science and it accomplishes very little.
In fact, current research has shown that T cell testing may be a more accurate predictor of both infection and immunity for COVID-19 than PCR and antibody testing.
President Trump has certainly been overworked lately due to campaigning and because of his age is definitively more susceptible to a normal cold infection (also a coronavirus) or a flu. The positive tests results of President Trump and the First Lady Melania are widely being celebrated by the Left. Before the champagne bottles are opened, it has to be pointed out that President Trump and Melania have overwhelming odds of doing just fine.
With 1 million deaths recorded worldwide and 750,000,000 infections, the death rate is .13% — just like the flu. The left worships the WHO, so they should accept this as gospel. Maybe President Trump when he no longer tests positive will realize how ridiculous a policy it is to push for increased testing and delaying a full return to normalcy.
It’s true that COVID-19 disproportionately affects older people with co-morbidities. President Trump is certainly overweight but as far as we know, has no underlying medical conditions and does not smoke or drink. He also seems far from being a frail elderly person and displays an amazing amount of stamina, (as evidenced by his busy campaign schedule and energy during his rallies), which many young people would envy.
President Trump’s latest positive test makes it glaringly obvious that PCR testing is detecting a weaker mutated variant of SARS-CoV-2, increasing the number of cases without a subsequent spike in deaths. Although COVID-19 is still highly contagious, it causes far fewer deaths and milder, more transient symptoms than when it first appeared months ago. It’s time to stop the futility of hiding from this virus (with masks, social distancing and lockdowns) and like all other viruses, accept its natural progression as it nears its end. We have dealt with viruses in the past without crazy, unproven responses and should do the same again.