Yet the guidance for quarantining and CDC’s case numbers was based on them all this time.
CDC head Rochelle Walensky admitted Wednesday that the agency has rejigged its guidance, including cutting COVID isolation times in half, based on the fact that PCR tests are producing massive amounts of false positives.
Noting that PCR tests for COVID can stay positive for up to 12 weeks after infection, Walensky stated “we would have people in isolation for a very long time if we were relying on PCRs.”
Er yeah, that’s been happening for two years now.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky discusses new questions about COVID rapid tests amid rising cases. @CDCDirector#COVID19#Omicronhttps://t.co/kaBqUH9xCY pic.twitter.com/j2fTMx2f3s— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 29, 2021
It’s a startling admission given that, as pointed out by commentator Yossi Gestetner, case numbers and people having to isolate, cancel events and close businesses was all based on potentially false positives from oversensitive PCRs.
This means that for the past 21 months, people sat home for extra days and weeks because their test came back with an irrelevant positive. We didn’t know this 6, 12, 18 months ago? Really?— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) December 29, 2021
Hi @CDCDirector. Does the above mean that we don’t need a negative test 48-72 hours before flying into the US since fake/irrelevant positives can linger for 12 weeks?— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) December 29, 2021
In a separate interview, Walensky also admitted Wednesday that the agency’s latest guidance on COVID was based on what the government perceived people would accept.
“It really had a lot to do with what we thought people would be able to tolerate,” Walensky starkly admitted.
CNN’s @kaitlancollins: “It sounds like this decision had just as much to do with business as it did the science.”@CDCDirector Dr. Rochelle Walensky: “It really had a lot to do with what we thought people would be able to tolerate.” pic.twitter.com/Ek3X3S7Q9S— The Recount (@therecount) December 29, 2021