An ER doctor speaks about her Corona
- Created on Tuesday, 21 April 2020 06:37
This is nuts. We are living in the Twilight Zone. This is an interview of a female ER doctor in Atlanta who has the "Corona virus." She and her husband, who is also an ER doctor, were vacationing in Vail CO, and upon returning, they heard that Vail had become a "hot spot." A day or so later, she came down with sore throat, congestion, dry cough (mild), body aches, and fatigue. And her husband came down with the same thing. So, they presumed it was Corona, and partly because they had had their flu shots. So of course, it couldn't have been the flu because everyone knows that flu shots work like a charm. So, they sent off for some test kits and self-swabbed at home, and sent them in. Guess what the results were? Hers came back positive, while his were negative. But, their exposures had been identical; their symptoms were the same; timing was the same; and presumably both had been protected by the flu shot from the flu.
So, she assumes that his negative is a false negative. But, in that situation, I should think she would question the validity of the whole test. Authorities have been saying that if you test too early in the infection that you may not have replicated enough virus to test positive. But, in his case, he contracted it presumably at the same time she did, and he came down with symptoms at the same time she did. So, if she tested positive, he should have tested positive.
Nobody wants to question the validity of this test. They're saying now that people who test positive and then negative can go back to testing positive again. And they're just assuming that it's all valid, that the person is "re-infected" even if he or she has no symptoms.
I'm telling you: we are living in a world of medical religion, where the tenets of Medicine are accepted and never questioned, and they will assume whatever's necessary to avoid questioning the validity of a sacred test. Here is the video.
Note that there is absolutely nothing about this woman's symptoms that can be considered "novel." She had practically no fever, and what little fever she had was very mild, and she had no shortness of breath except when climbing a flight of stairs, and that happens to millions of people every day- even on their good days.
Corona Update: April 18, 2020
- Created on Sunday, 19 April 2020 07:32
I apologize for my preoccupation with this, but with everything going on, it’s hard to look elsewhere. Today, the Koreans announced that those who get the Corona virus and recover from it do NOT become immune, that they can get re-infected again, and quite soon. However, even the Chinese, going back to January, said that people can go through it, recover from it, test negative, and then, inexplicably, test positive all over again.
Then, a New York study tested every pregnant woman in two hospitals who were there to give birth and found that 29 out of 200 tested positive, though only 3 had any clinical symptoms of illness from it or known exposure and were quite shocked.
Now get this: 60% of the passengers on the Greg Mortimer, an Antarctica cruise ship docked at Montevideo, Uruguay, tested positive for the Corona virus, and not one of them was symptomatic. Every single one was asymptomatic. That was on April 7. That’s 128 out of 217 passengers.
Are you seeing a pattern? I suspect that you could take any group of people, either in the same space, or dispersed widely but with something in common, such as red hair, or men with mustaches, or people with a last name beginning with “C” and I strongly suspect you’ll find similar results.
That the whole world is ignoring the limitations of and the inherent unreliability of this PCR test is the most Twilight Zone-like-real-life experience I have ever had, and I’ve been around for 70 years.
But, aren’t there really sick people, and haven’t some of them died? Yes, of course. I don’t doubt that. But, many of those who died died WITH Corona not FROM Corona. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Corona Fuhrer, said that if someone dies of a heart attack after testing positive for Corona, he certainly doesn’t think the cause of death should be listed as heart attack. But, why not? It takes years, even decades, to build up enough arterial plaque to have a heart attack. It doesn’t happen in a fortnight. I think the cause of death should be listed as heart attack.
But, what about the people who have died, specifically, of respiratory arrest, after developing acute respiratory symptoms and testing positive for Corona? All right, those deaths you can attribute to Corona, but how many are we talking about? What percent of the total?
And even that number is far from clean because they are admitting now that 82% of the people put on ventilators have perished. What I mean is that they are admitting that the ventilating contributed to their deaths. But, what choice was there, because if a person is suffocating, if their blood oxygen has fallen dangerously low, what else can you do? I’m not an ER doctor, and I suppose that my opinion about it isn’t worth any more than the janitor’s. But, please look at it in a horse sense kind of way: If you know that doing something has brought death to 82% of those who had it done to them, it should give you pause. Right? It should mean that you’re only going to do it if you are 100% certain that the person is about to die, such that an 82% chance of dying actually looks pretty good in comparison.
However, we have heard of cases in which they have actually convinced conscious, responsive patients to consent to being vented. Hold on. Time out. With the fatality numbers we’re looking at, anyone who is conscious and responsive is getting enough oxygen to their brain to be conscious and responsive. Right? So, why not just give them oxygen by nasal canula?
Then, they are telling us that what’s killing people is “cytokine storm” where the body secretes too many inflammatory chemicals that bring on a destructive kind of inflammation that can cause organs to fail, be it the heart, liver, kidneys, or any other.
However, it is mostly the elderly who are dying. Both in Italy and the UK, the average age of death from Corona is 79.5. But, it is well known that the elderly are less able to generate acute symptoms, including fever and inflammation. This is from an article from the Scripps Institute in San Diego, and it was written before the Corona crisis. It concerns the cause of death in prior epidemics and pandemics, including the Spanish Flu of 1918.
“This little-understood phenomenon (cytokine storm) is thought to occur in at least several types of infections and autoimmune conditions, but it appears to be particularly relevant in outbreaks of new flu variants. Cytokine storm is now seen as a likely major cause of mortality in the 1918-20 “Spanish flu”—which killed more than 50 million people worldwide—and the H1N1 “swine flu” and H5N1 “bird flu” of recent years. In these epidemics, the patients most likely to die were relatively young adults with apparently strong immune reactions to the infection—whereas ordinary seasonal flu epidemics disproportionately affect the very young and the elderly.”
That was written in 2014, but now they’re saying that the elderly, who do not, as a rule, have strong immune reactions, are dying of “cytokine storm” from Covid-19.
Hmmm. I wonder to what extent they are actually testing for “cytokine storm” in individual patients. Reportedly, you can test the level of specific cytokines in the blood, such as Inteleukin-6. There is also C-reactive protein, which is not really a cytokine, but it is often used as a proxy for the amount of inflammation in the body, and that’s been the case for decades. Then, they are saying that a steep rise in serum ferritin (which is the main iron transport protein in the blood) is another proxy for cytokine storm.
It’s all very strange though because this virus, apparently, affects many people with no symptoms at all. Senator Rand Paul lifted weights and went swimming on the day he was tested, and though his test came back positive, he never developed symptoms. And it’s true of many.
What exactly is going on and why there is such a mysterious divergence in symptoms and outcomes, which ranges from no symptoms at all to death? I don’t have a handle on it. But, what bothers me is that I am reading the same glib talking points, over and over, and it isn’t providing the kind of illumination I am looking for. I'll keep looking.
Corona Update: April 14, 2020
- Created on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 04:16
Today, the city of Austin issued an order that everyone must wear a face mask in all indoor public places, including supermarkets, department stores, office buildings, etc. Up to now, I have not worn a face mask. But, I shall start doing so, since I have no choice. For me, it’s jarring because it’s so counter-intuitive to cover up my mouth and nose, so that I can’t breathe. And yes, I know that the face mask is very porous, so that air can get through. But, I only know that intellectually. When I put the mask on , I feel like I am suffocating myself.
The country singer Sturgill Simpson was on a concert tour in Europe when his blood pressure spiked and he started developing chest pains. I don’t know if his wife was on the road with him. But, when he got back home, he spent a month with her, living and sleeping together, and then he had a Covid test which came back positive. But, his wife also got tested, and her result was negative. So, if she could live and sleep with a Covid carrier, day after day, night after night, for a month and not pick up the virus from him, why should I be afraid of the guy who is 6 feet away from me in the produce section?
By the way, before I forget, when I ran through that list of immune-boosting supplements that I think are worth considering, I left one out, and that is: iodine. I am a big fan of Dr. Guy Abraham who did a lot of pioneering research on the extra-thyroidal health benefits of iodine, including boosting the immune system and that includes fighting viruses. And we offer his Iodoral supplement which provides 12.5 mg of elemental iodine. And I have been taking one a day. For years, I have been taking half a day because it is a scored tablet, but since this Corona crisis began, I have been taking a whole tablet every day.
But, getting back to the crisis, there seems to be some recognition that the venting of hypoxic Covid patients has killed more than a few of them. And they’re admitting that in many cases they were venting people who were conscious and lucid and fully able to breathe on their own. So, why were they venting them? Ostensibly, it’s because they had very low oxygen saturation. But, did you know that Medicare pays $13,000 for hospitalized Corona patients, but it jumps to $39,000 if you vent them? But, I have trouble picturing it, a doctor telling a conscious patient that he is going to put him to sleep in order to put him on a ventilator, even though the patient has little or no shortness of breath. I wonder if any of them said “No, you’re not.”
And doctors are saying that they have learned, and that, when possible, they are just going to put them on oxygen by nasal canula and prone them, which means put them in a prone position, which is face-down. They’re saying that they think the cause of the hypoxia isn’t lung failure, but rather, circulatory failure, that the virus or the immune reaction to the virus is damaging the blood vessels that are supposed to absorb the oxygen.
But for me, all of this is just narrative. The closest I’ve gotten to talk to someone who has Covid 19 is that I have a cousin in California who is SUSPECTED of having it. He came down with flu-like symptoms, and his doctor wanted him to be tested for Covid, but, he was told that there is a long waiting list in California. So, he is a “presumptive” Covid case, and I have spoken to him at length. He’s had some respiratory symptoms, mainly coughing, but no shortness of breath. I don’t think he even has an oximeter. Breathing has not been an issue for him. For him, the worst thing has been the body aches, which he says are severe and keep him up at night, and the severe weakness. And in talking to him, at length, I get no sense that he’s having oxygen problems because he can speak in long stretches, with good vocal volume, and there is no gasping, no panting, no huffing. He just coughs once in a while, and that’s it. We talked for probably close to an hour.
So, what they are talking about is unprecedented. At least, for me it is. And I can’t make sense of it because it’s very apparent that for many people the symptoms of Covid infection are NOTHING. No symptoms at all. And I’d like you to think about something: they are saying now that the continued spread of the virus is being fueled by “asymptomatic carriers.” But, I will tell you that it always had to be that way. It started in Wuhon, right? And it spread throughout the world from there, right? But, how does the world come and go from Wuhon? By plane. Only be plane. The world doesn’t drive to Wuhon, and the world doesn’t take a boat to Wuhon. The world flies to Wuhon. So, you had people in Wuhon who contracted the virus. The earliest cases were all locals and other Chinese. I don’t think the Chinese government spoke of European tourists to Wuhon being among the early infected. But, INFECTED PERSONS FROM WUHON (WHETHER THEY WERE CHINESE OR EUROPEAN OR AMERICAN) HAD TO GET ON PLANES AND TAKE THE VIRUS TO OTHER COUNTRIES. Right?
But, as soon as the Chinese government realized that there was a grave threat, why didn’t they start controlling air travel? Why didn’t they assess every passenger who was flying out of China to foreign destinations? And they could have shut down air travel to China completely. If this seems far-fetched to you, please reconsider because, supposedly, the world was seeded with Covid-19 by air travelers out of China.
But, here’s the real point I am trying to make: Just picture those planes containing infected people and scattering them across the globe. They couldn’t have been symptomatic. When was the last time that you were on a plane in which a passenger was coughing, hacking, gasping for air, and looking febrile? I don’t have any such experiences. I’m not claiming that it has never happened, but surely, it is extremely rare. So, this pandemic had to be seeded, from the beginning, by air passengers who were either completely asymptomatic or so mildly symptomatic that nobody noticed.
So, I have to think that the spread of this pandemic has been fueled, from the beginning, by infected persons who were not visibly sick. There were also the incubators, and they have cited examples of them. But, there aren’t that many examples, and I don’t think it’s right to make presumptions about it. The role of asymptomatic carriers is being widely touted today as a driving force, but it has always been a driving force. The first Corona case in Italy was a 38 year old man who was diagnosed on February 20, and he had no connection to Wuhon or China. And get this: On January 31, Italy banned all fights to and from China. So, that was 3 weeks before. And the incubation period is no more than 14 days and, on average, only 5 days. So, any incubators who arrived in Italy from China before January 31 would surely have started showing symptoms before February 20. There are anecdotal stories connecting Wuhon to Germany, and Wuhon to the U.S., but there are none for Italy. So, I think it’s reasonable to assume that “asymptomatic carriers” have played a larger role than “incubators” in fueling this pandemic.
And that’s what gets me the most, that there seems to be so many people who don’t get sick at all from the Corona virus. It reminds me of the Epstein-Barr virus, which they say 90% of Americans have but don’t know it.
So, how is it that a virus that affects most people mildly or not at all goes on to kill others? And yes, I get it that old people and those with co-morbidities are more fragile. But, we have heard about serious cases in middle-aged people, including those without co-morbidities. Chris Cuomo is an example. He isn't that old, and presumably, he was healthy before this. He seemed vigorous. So why him? And I bet you he has no idea how he got infected.
And, we are told that this virus, which affects most people mildly or not at all, can cause any organ in the body to fail, that it can cause the immune system to go haywire and start destroying the body, and that it can take the form of any symptom or disease process that you can name. SARS-Cov-2 stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, but people are being diagnosed with it who have no respiratory symptoms at all.
The CDC has issued a guideline to doctors that anyone who dies with a positive Covid-19 test result that Covid-19 should be listed as the cause of death. And they are saying that even without a positive Corona test result, to feel free to put down Corona as the “presumptive” or “probable” cause of death, if you feel like doing it. If you’ve got an itch to do it, do it. So, if a person has had heart disease for years, for decades, and has been on medication, and had a bypass, and numerous stents over the course of most of his adult life, that if he dies, and they quickly do a swab while he’s still warm and it comes back positive for Corona, then Covid-19 goes down on the death certificate as the cause of death. Here is an M.D. who is mad about it. He accuses the CDC of “gaming the numbers” and says that it is “ridiculous.”
I’ll be honest and tell you that I don’t know what is going on. I am as baffled and confused as ever, and don’t worry: I get all the talking points that they are spewing. But, the incongruities and the glib assumptions rub me wrong. If I could have one wish, it would be to follow one of those ICU doctors around the ward and see those severe, advanced Covid patients myself.
Corona Update: April 5, 2020
- Created on Monday, 06 April 2020 00:57
This addresses the big baffling question: why a virus that causes no disruption in many people, and only slight disruption in most people, causes death in others.
They admit that, visibly, the Corona virus causes nothing more than a positive test result in some people. And they have provided no evidence of any changes in their bodies. They wax on about a silent struggle going on, but it's all supposition.
And keep in mind that we're not talking about just a few "asymptomatic carriers." We're talking about a ton of them because at this point, people are distancing, even from the well, and those with symptoms aren't even going out. Of the newly diagnosed, how many of them know who infected them? And put aside medical workers. So, excluding medical workers, what new infectees report being around, in close proximity to a suspiciously sick person or one known to have Corona virus? It has to be very few. So, we are at the point where this whole pandemic is being fueled by "asymptomatic carriers." And for it to continue, the number of asymptomatic carriers will have to keep rising.
The article admits to 20% of infectees being asymptomatic carriers, but that is surely low. In Iceland, they are finding that half their infectees are asymptomatic. And in the small Italian town of Vo Eugenio, they tested all 3300 people in the town and found that the majority of infectees were asymptomatic.
But, they claim to know that "the virus is proliferating in the bodies of the 'silent spreaders'" even though they don't get sick. But, that is purely an assumption. They don't provide any evidence for it. They just assume it.
There has definitely been a shift in thinking. Early on, Dr. Fauci said that silent spreaders have never been the prime movers of any epidemic or pandemic. But now, they have to go to that space because everyone is aware; they are practicing social distancing; even from the asymptomatic. The symptomatic- they're not even going out. They're staying home. I ask you, the reader, when, of late, have you seen someone out in public who was hacking, coughing and looking febrile? So yes, we are at the point now where they have to attribute the spread of the epidemic to silent spreaders: they have no choice.
Dr. Edward Jones-Lopez said that 50% of those infected don't know that they have it; and presumably don't get sick. And that of the 50% who do show symptoms, 30% have mild to moderate symptoms, from which they recover spontaneously, while 20% get very sick and could die.
Now, I don't know where he got those figures from. He may have just been bloviating. But a span of effects that goes from nothing to death is the biggest span there is. So, what is causing death among the few?
They are saying it is a destructive immunological response to the virus, that does as much or more damage as the virus; that the virus causes the immune system to go haywire. It is an immunological storm, in which the body destroys its own tissues and organs.
But note first that inflammation is inherently defensive and restorative. It's not an attack on oneself. It is a useful and necessary marshaling of resources to rectify something that is wrong. In January I had hernia surgery, and afterwards, I had some inflammation for a while. I was advised to put ice on it, but I didn't. I had no desire to inhibit the inflammation. I was not afraid of it. I knew it was healing. So, I didn't use ice, and I didn't take anti-inflammatory drugs, as advised. The result was that I healed VERY quickly. I was back to doing everything in less than a month. It was amazing.
I get it that there are people with abnormalities whose immune systems malfunction, for whom inflammation can be destructive. And I feel very sorry for those people. But, I am not one of them, and I have a lot of trouble applying it to random people across a population.
It's all just supposition. It's pure speculation. What do we really know? And by we, I mean you and I. We know that they have this very shaky pcr test, that they consider infallible, even though it is designating a great many people as infected who appear not to be. And just because authority won't consider false positives doesn't mean you and I shouldn't.
And in individual cases when they tell us that someone died of the Corona virus or Corona complications, they don't tell us how. They don't tell us that someone died because he suffocated to death; or because his heart failed; or his kidneys failed. They just glibly tell us that he died of Corona virus or Corona complications. Why are people willing to accept that? Why don't they demand full disclosure?
And if you think it's a matter of privacy, this is affecting every person on this planet. This is unprecedented because even during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the whole world didn't shut down. I hope that you are as rattled by the highly manipulative reporting that is going on as I am.
Supplements to help fight Corona?
- Created on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 18:38
Some people have asked me about what supplements to take to help increase your resistance to Covid-19, should they be exposed to it. Let me start by sharing this article with you from Global Research, by a medical scientist who admits that the pcr test is not identifying Covid 19 but probably any Corona virus, which is why so many people who are asymptomatic are testing positive.
And that would mean that the people who seem to have mild colds really do just have mild colds.
But, there are some seriously sick people, and some of them have died (although not all the deaths attributed to Covid-19 were really caused by it).
But, in any case, what can you take specifically, to boost your immune system? Should you be taking 10,000 or 20,000 mgs of Vitamin C?
Well, I wouldn’t do that, not if you are feeling well. Because if you start doing it, then your body will adjust to it, and then if you really get sick, it won’t make any difference. It’s better to hold that in abeyance- in case you need it. Day in and Day out, I think if you get 1000 mgs of Vitamin C a day, it’s plenty. And I’ll assume that you’re getting half of that from your diet from eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Therefore, 500 mgs of supplemental Vitamin C is all I recommend on a regular basis, even now.
But, I would and do take 5000 IUs of Vitamin D3, and partly for its immune-boosting effect. In general, I think it’s more important to take Vitamin D than Vitamin C. I take some of both, but if I couldn’t get an Vitamin C, I could at least try to hone my diet to get more, but I really can’t do that for Vitamin D.
What about zinc? Yes, zinc is important to immunity, but you can’t just load up on zinc. Minerals occur in balance, and if you just start throwing in the zinc, you could throw off your copper balance. I think that getting some supplemental zinc is a good idea because a lot of the zinc in plants is bound to phytates and oxalates. There’s a lot there, but it’s hard to absorb. So, I am entirely in favor of getting some extra zinc coverage from supplements, particularly if you eat a lot of plants. I think it’s perfectly safe to take up to 30 mgs a say, which is twice the RDA, but I wouldn’t go higher than that, even now.
An interesting new area of research concerning immunity is mushrooms. It’s been found that they contain “immune-modulating” substances that improve the responsiveness of the immune system. Note that the common “button mushrooms” that are widely available and grown in caves in West Virginia are practically useless that way. They just don’t have what it takes. The Reishi mushroom, and the Japanese mushrooms, in general, are what you need. And you could start taking a Reishi mushroom supplement.
Green tea is immune-enhancing, due to its EGL, L-theanine, and other things. You could just drink green tea, but it does contain some caffeine, and I’m not keen on that. But, I learned a trick from Dr. Andrew Weil, which is that if you steep a green tea bag, and then throw away the first steeping, then, when you steep it a second time with the same bag, it is practically decaffeinated. 90% of the caffeine comes out in the first steeping. But otherwise, a decaffeinated green tea supplement is an option.
Then, there are things like oregano extract, olive leaf extract, and grapefruit seed extract. They all have some research behind them, but obviously, you can’t take everything.
But, here’s an area of immune-boosting that I think is really worth doing and moving to the front of the list: anti-aging hormones. I take 25 mgs DHEA every morning, and DHEA is very immune-supportive. Like cortisol, it is an adrenal hormone, but unlike cortisol, which weakens the immune response, DHEA strengthens it. So, certainly if you are 40 or older, I would highly recommend that you take DHEA. But, if you start taking it, you should monitor your blood level, just as they do with other hormones, such as thyroid. I test my DHEA once a year, and you should do the same if you start taking it.
And then note that melatonin is also very immune-boosting, and I take 3 mgs melatonin every night.
But, otherwise, eating a healthy and mostly , if not totally, plant-based diet of whole natural foods is very important, as are getting sufficient rest, exercise and sunlight. I hope you found this helpful.
My latest thinking on Covid-19
- Created on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 05:23
I apologize if I seem to be obsessed with this, but I am very troubled by it, and not just because of the tragedy of it all but because I am truly baffled by what we are being told. Yesterday, I learned that a nurse in Florida started having symptoms of Covid last Tuesday, and she was dead by Saturday morning. To go from A to Zed that fast, meaning from A to Dead, seems impossible. How can you start coming down with this and then be dead from it in less than 4 days when most people experience either no symptoms or a mild cold symptoms and that's it? Plus, she was home, where she lived alone, and if she was deteriorating that fast, why didn’t she get herself to the hospital? She was a nurse, so she had to know the trouble she was in. Why did she just stay home and die?
In Iceland, they have tested a lot of their people, and among those testing positive, there are just as many who are asymptomatic as symptomatic. And there is so much faith in that Corona test, that they assume that those who test positive without having symptoms are just as infected and dangerous to others.
But, I have to wonder: what is going on in the bodies of those who are infected without getting sick? How are they fighting the virus? It’s the body’s fight against the virus that produces the symptoms, such as fever, inflammation, and mucorrhea, right?
So, I have been looking into this about what they think is happening in the bodies of the "asymptomatic infected," and it is that these people are experiencing some reaction, such as some inflammation, but they just aren’t aware of it. They’re just not feeling it, even though there is a struggle going on inside. But, wait a second; that is entirely presumptuous. If it’s true, then there has got to be some evidence for it. For instance, do they have higher levels of inflammatory markers, such as C-reactive protein? They can’t just claim that that is going on. They have to prove it. If the person looks well, and feels well, and is reporting no symptoms, no one has the right to claim that they are actually in the throes of a struggle with a pathogen If there isn’t SOMETHING concrete, such as an abnormal blood test or perhaps an abnormality on physical examination, then there is no basis to make that claim. And the one thing they refuse to consider is false positive test results, even though the Chinese concluded that most of the asymptomatic positives are false positives.
Iceland has tested a larger percentage of its population than any other country, and they found that, among those testing positive, that 50% were symptomatic and 50% were asymptomatic. To me, that suggests the possibility that the test is producing noise. However, it depends on what percent of those tested were symptomatic.
But, there is a town in Northern Italy, Vo Eugenio, with a population of 3300, and they decided to test everyone in the town. They got a 3% positive rate; so right around 100 people infected. “But, the majority of them were asymptomatic.” The majority.
So, what are we supposed to make of this situation where a deadly disease, with a fatality rate that is said to be many times higher than the flu, affects a lot of people without causing any sickness at all?
I dare say that the widespread occurrence of all these “asymptomatic positives” should be making people question the accuracy and validity of that test.
David Crowe's voice should be heard about Corona
- Created on Monday, 23 March 2020 06:24
How accurate is the Corona virus test?
- Created on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 16:08
What troubles me most about the Corona crisis is the assumption that the new PCR test that they whipped up to detect the virus is infallible. By symptoms alone, the disease is indistinguishable from flu. You can't tell the difference, and neither can your doctor. That sputum test is the ONLY thing that makes the call. So, the accuracy and reliability of the test is crucial.
But, nothing is being said about possibility of the test failing. The possibility of false negatives has been suggested, but not on the basis of the test failing, but rather, on the basis of it being too early for the infected person to have enough virus to show it. The implication is that, in time, the person will test positive.
But, what about the possibility of false positives? The guy who invented the test and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for it, Kary Mullis, denied that the PCR test can be used to determine "viral loads" at all. He objected to the use of the PCR test to determine who has HIV and Ebola. Unfortunately, Kary Mullis died last August of pneumonia at the age of 74.
The test involves taking a single strand of RNA, converting it to DNA with the enzyme "reverse transcriptase" and then applying the enzyme "polymerase" to cause billions of duplications. But, Mullis said you can't use it to quantify, since you're only taking one nucleic acid strand from the person, and others besides him have questioned using the PCR test this way.
It's being reported that for the vast majority of people (80%) the illness from Corona virus is mild and short. And for some reason, children are largely not getting sick from it. In China, less than 2% of the victims have been children. It's been suggested that children have more "innate immunity" but that is just a rationalization because children tend to get respiratory infections very easily.
And it also appears that plenty of adults can contact the virus without catching it. The wife of Prime Minister Trudeau tested positive, and I presume she was tested because she showed symptoms. But, they have insisted that she is not terribly sick and mostly fine. And he isn't sick at all. So, either he didn't catch the virus from her despite being in an intimate relationship with her OR he caught it, and it's just not making him sick.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz shook hands with people who had it, and he immediately went into self-quarantine. It was on February 29 that he interacted with persons who went on to test positive, and this is March 17. So far, he hasn't gotten sick. Has he even tested positive?
The British actor Idris Elba announced yesterday that he has tested positive, and he is not sick. He has no symptoms. So, why did he test? It's because he shook hands with somebody who apparently has it. But, he is not sick so far, and his wife, who lives and sleeps with him, is not sick.
So, the idea has been raised that the symptoms of Corona virus infection are sometimes nothing, that some people simply don't get sick from it, even though they have it. And that's not a new idea because it's reported that 80% of Americans test positive for Epstein-Barr virus, even though very few of them have mononucleosis or other conditions attributed to Epstein-Barr. So, Epstein-Barr makes you sick- except when it doesn't.
Let's note that the Epstein-Barr test is an antibody test, and that is very different from the test they are using to determine Corona, the PCR test. The following is by Jon Rappaport, and it was written in regard to using PCR to detect Ebola.