Wednesday, September 2, 2020

NYT report says MOST coronavirus positives are for non-contagious, insignificant amounts of virus; New Infections Slow to Lowest Level in More Than Two Months, and Other C-Virus Updates

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Horowitz: Bombshell NYT report says MOST coronavirus positives are for non-contagious, insignificant amounts of virus:
You mean we did all this mass testing for nothing?
A few weeks ago, I mentioned a 2007 New York Times article showing that PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab tests are so sensitive that they have been known to perpetuate pseudo-epidemics. Well, now the New York Times, in a bombshell weekend report, reveals that most of these tests for COVID-19 are so sensitive that they might be creating thousands upon thousands of false positives or flagging people with tiny quantities of virus who are not contagious.
We have shut down our economy and our lives for months based on hundreds of thousands of asymptomatic people testing positive for a virus that was presumed to be contagious at the time of the positive test result. We make people isolate for 14 days, then trace all their contacts and disrupt their lives and liberty as well, without any due process. Yet according to the Times, up to 90% of those who test positive in state labs are likely no longer contagious by the time they test positive and in fact would test negative under more prudent lab protocols.
While the New York Times uses this revelation as an impetus to bizarrely advocate for even more testing, the report itself is a refreshing apparently random act of journalism. It turns out that most people who test positive are barely carrying any viral load, certainly not enough to infect other people. Thus far, these tests have not conveyed to medical professionals the degree of viral load or contagiousness – just a positive or negative result. It’s akin to measuring a 10-alarm fire and a microscopic ember in a piece of wood with the same test. The Times: --->READ MORE HERE
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WSJ: New U.S. Coronavirus Infections Slow to Lowest Level in More Than Two Months:
The U.S. recorded its smallest number of daily coronavirus cases in months, continuing a slowdown in new infections, as New York City delayed the start date of in-person classes for the nation’s largest school district.
New reported infections nationwide fell below 34,000 on Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the lowest such figure since June 22. While Covid-19 cases remain elevated compared with the earliest days of the summer, they have been trending down in recent weeks.
New York City schools, which had planned a mix of remote and in-person instruction, will now start in-person learning on Sept. 21, instead of Sept. 10 as earlier planned, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. Students will start school remotely on Sept. 16 before returning in-person, giving the district more time to ensure the hybrid approach works and to prepare for a safe reopening.
Some schools returned to campus last month only to close after struggling to contain the virus. Colleges and universities are facing similar battles. New York state has approved schools reopening in every region in the state, but principals and teachers unions in New York City have pushed to delay the start of school to better safeguard students and teachers. --->READ MORE HERE
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