Coronavirus (COVID-19) Antibody Tests: Do You Really Want One?  Think Hard About It.  Maybe Not.

Jeanne Pinder
Coronavirus testing: It has long been hard to get. Now suddenly in the New York area, tests are freely available.The test will tell me truly if I have had coronavirus and am therefore immune, right? Or if I was exposed to the virus and magically skipped through, with few symptoms?

The expert opinions are in: Maybe. Maybe not.

We’ve been doing a lot of research about coronavirus (Covid-19), and particularly about testing. I live in the center of the pandemic. Also, I recently tested positive for coronavirus antibodies twice, and negative once, and I’ve been exploring what it means.

First: There are two kinds of tests. Both the respiratory test (nasal swab) and the antibody test have problems as far as accuracy. Beyond that, if the results are correct, experts disagree on what the results mean. If you have a positive respiratory test, that’s pretty clear: You’ve got it. But if you test negative, because of the high error rate, if you have with symptoms, most doctors will say you should still act like you have it. With the antibody test, same problem: Positive probably means positive, but false positives are clearly possible. (See Link for Article)



Best quote:

I would NOT trust that antibody test. There are about 50 tests, none are validated yet and we know that some give false positives if you have antibodies to the common cold coronaviruses.”  Donald G. McNeil Jr.

I’ve written a lot about the inaccuracy of COVID-19 testing, which is similar to Lyme/MSIDS testing – it’s not to be trusted.  At all.  (See comment section as well) This Chinese study showed: “nearly half or even more of the ‘asymptomatic infected individuals’ reported in the active nucleic acid test screening might be false positives.” This article was withdrawn due to it being based upon theoretical deduction, not field epidemiology data, which is funny considering they’ve based this entire lock-down on theoretical modeling from one man:

Thankfully the “immunity passport” idea allowing you to go back to work or resume normal life, based upon COVID-19 testing, has been dropped like a bad habit.  This idea sucked from the get-go and infringes upon our civil rights – regardless of testing accuracy.

The article admits that the FDA’s approval process for testing is deeply flawed.  Amen to that.  “Scientific” data on test performance is SELF-reported to the FDA.  See the problem?

The article asks the very astute question: why do people want tests if the results are not actionable?  

This is a problem I face daily with those suspecting tick-borne illness. One of my toughest jobs is convincing them the testing is worthless and that they need to go outside their insurance network to doctors who understand the flaws in current testing and treatment followed by conventional medicine. Many don’t take my advice but they nearly all come back for help after being passed like a football from doctor to doctor offering ZERO help.

It’s a tough paradigm to accept, but accept it we must. Lyme patients have to go outside of conventional medicine for true help.

The author states:

There are a lot of people trying to make money on coronavirus testing, so you should be cautious. For example, is promising an at-home test. They don’t have one now. They just raised a ton of money, $71 million to be exact. Would you choose them to test you? Why?

Well put.

I’ve noticed a frightening trend in the past few months. I’ve seen what I thought were respectable people turn into prostitutes selling their products and promoting things without any respectable science backing them up.

Why let a perfect “pandemic” go to waste?  There’s money to be made!
Just remember the inevitable principle: “You reap what you sow.”