The narrative has shifted with regard to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) as health authorities are now insisting that if symptoms aren’t present, then you don’t need to get tested.
Dr. Mehmet Oz is one such “expert” who recently stated on Fox News that President Donald Trump shouldn’t have even been tested because “he didn’t show symptoms,” and thus “didn’t fit the criteria.”
“Now that he got tested without any symptoms, why wouldn’t the average (person) say, ‘Hey, just test me, too!’ … (but) we don’t have enough units,” Oz lamented to the hosts of Fox and Friends.
“We can’t get people tested who probably should be tested … If I had enough tests, I would test every single American right now. You know why? Because it would give us epidemiologic data about what’s really happening. I am positive that I know people who were infected but didn’t realize it because it happened before coronavirus [was] here.”
Last we checked, the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) can incubate for up to 24 days inside of an infected person’s body before manifesting symptoms. And during this time, said infected person can still transmit the illness to others.
But according to Oz, and apparently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there’s no need to evaluate people who don’t show symptoms because they probably aren’t infected, and those test kits are needed for other people who are showing symptoms.
“A lot of people had this and didn’t realize it,” Oz admitted, while still insisting that people who don’t show symptoms shouldn’t be tested.
“Eight-percent of people had very subtle symptoms. They had a fever most of the time but nothing that would catch your eye. And so, we don’t actually know how long it’s been out there.”
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Properly testing for coronavirus is a difficult process
Part of the problem with conducting tests for everyone who might want one is that it’s a cumbersome process. Currently, the only effective way to identify the presence of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) in a person’s body is through what’s known as a PT-PCR test, which requires expert analysis by trained technicians.
“It’s a very standard, reliable technique used in microbiology labs almost everywhere that can be quickly applied to clinical testing,” says Louis Mansky, director of the Institute for Molecular Virology at the University of Minnesota. “It’s the fastest possible kind of test to develop.”
Because there are no other approved, and thus known to be effective, methods for detecting the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the PT-PCR is the only option. And the bad news is that it can’t be conducted in an ordinary clinic or inside a patient’s home, which means testing simply won’t be available for everyone.
“We have one of the more cumbersome – or, you could say, diligent – regulatory systems for testing,” says Bruce Carlson, the publisher of a market research firm known as Kalorama Information. “We’re very concerned about false positives, just as damning as false negatives.”
As we know from earlier this year, the CDC’s initial set of tests showed a lot of faulty results, which set back this process even further. New tests have supposedly been in the works, but it will now take time for them to be fully manufactured, shipped out, used, analyzed, and reported.
In other words, it’s going to be a long and bumpy road.
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