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Is PCR a diagnostic test?

- Youssef Sidhom

Last April, days after I was given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, I developed a fever and flu symptoms. Since we were in a general state of panic about coronaviru­s, I quickly took the necessary medical tests advised by my doctor, including a PCR test which tested positive. The other clinical test results were all within normal ranges, so much so that my doctor told me that had it not been for the positive PCR test, he would have excluded the possibilit­y of COVID-19. But he said that at my age we were in no position to take any risk, so prescribed the COVID-19 treatment protocol which he warned would be rather harsh, but that I had no option but to endure it.

I underwent the treatment protocol for three long weeks, and I must say that I suffered greatly from the impact of the medication­s, let alone the psychologi­cal brunt of the isolation. Later, as advised by my doctor, I underwent further investigat­ions that involved clinical tests and scans to ensure the safety of my lungs and my immunity levels. All the results were reassuring, and showed that my lungs had been spared any infection.

I managed to overcome what was then said to be COVID-19, yet I never forgot my doctor’s comment that had it not been for the positive PCR test he would not have diagnosed me with COVID-19. Last May, I received video footage, which I saved for future reference, presenting scientific informatio­n on the viability of PCR testing for coronaviru­s. I preferred then not to spread the informatio­n I learned through the video footage, lest I commit a scientific violation that I am not up to backing, especially amid the worldwide acceptance of PCR as a test to detect coronaviru­s.

On 29 December 2021, however, a declaratio­n was made by US Center for Disease Control (CDC) Director, Rochelle Walensky to the effect that after 31 December 2021 there would be no need to use PCR testing for coronaviru­s, since the test does not differenti­ate between the flu and coronaviru­s. Accordingl­y, the CDC decided as of 1 January 2022 to withdraw the emergency authorisat­ion that it had given the US Food and Drug Administra­tion (FDA) in February 2020 to use PCR testing to detect COVID-19 infections.

I went back to the video footage I had received last May, and would like to share with you the informatio­n it gave:

• Is PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) a diagnostic test in the first place? The answer is no, according to none other than Kary Mullis, the American chemist who invented the PCR technology and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993 for his invention. Mr Mullis died in August 2019, a few months before the incidence of COVID-19. Yet he was against the use of his invention to diagnose infectious diseases such as HIV or H1N1.

• PCR amplifies segments of the genetic sequence of organisms so that they become sufficient­ly visible to study. It is thus a scientific technology to be used for research, not as a diagnostic tool. In case of COVID-19, attempts are made to find the genetic sequence of the virus through amplifying the sample taken from a human through the swab. If this genetic sequence is detected, the test result is positive and the sample owner is considered infected with coronaviru­s, but if the genetic sequence is not detected, the test result is negative and the person in question is considered free of coronaviru­s.

• The shocking news is that the genetic sequence of coronaviru­s announced by WHO is existent in all humans as Chromosome 8. The problem mainly concerns the number of times the sample cells are amplified. It has been noticed that the same human sample swabs that give positive PCR results if greatly amplified, all give negative results if amplified to a lower gradient. And this is the PCR catastroph­e in detecting coronaviru­s; it gives divergent results depending on the number of times according to which samples are amplified.

• The World Doctors Alliance has approved this theory, and maintained that PCR test results are misleading when testing for COVID-19. The World Doctors Alliance called on the world to stop using this technology for diagnosing COVID-19, and to rely on clinical tests instead.

Now that I have shared with you the main highlights of the video footage, and following the CDC’s final word regarding PCR, we have to wait and see what Egyptian health authoritie­s will

decide in this regard.

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