Coronavirus (COVID-19) Antibody Tests: Do You Really Want One? Think Hard About It. Maybe Not.
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)
“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. https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/05/13/president-of-tanzania-punks-who-sending-samples-of-fruit-goats-sheep-even-motor-oil-for-covid-testing-nearly-half-come-back-positive/ (See comment section as well)
https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/03/21/study-shows-covid-19-testing-as-bad-as-lyme-msids-testing/ 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 This article was withdrawn due to it being based upon theoretical deduction, not field epidemiology data, which is funny considering they’ve based this entire lock-down on theoretical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: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/03/28/epidemiologist-behind-highly-cited-coronavirus-model-drastically-downgrades-projection/
- The most common COVID-19 test, the nasal swab test, has an accuracy rate as low as 70%.
- Regarding antibody testing, a report by more than 50 scientists found that only three out of 14 antibody tests gave consistently reliable results, and even the best had flaws.
- Accuracy data only become available in a database after the FDA connects real-work experiences, but after “approval” has already been given. In other words, you are the Guinea Pig providing the “real world data.”
- 95% of the data comes from manufacturers while only 5% come from doctors and patients. See the problem?
- WHO and CDC use PCR tests. False negatives can occur up to 30% of the time. Please see: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/05/07/was-the-covid-19-test-meant-to-detect-a-virus/ The creator of the PCR states it was NEVER meant to diagnose patients but was created for manufacturing and research purposes. See also: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/03/16/does-the-coronavirus-exist/ David Crowe explains the PCR test. Let’s just say there’s a lot of room for error.
- FDA has allowed more than 90 antibody tests on the market without prior review. Even the FDA states some are fraudulently marketed and are of dubious quality. Inaccurate antibody testing has ruled Lyme-land for decades. CDC 2-tiered testing is abysmal but they still insist upon it and bad-mouth any competing lab testing: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/03/01/study-cdcs-2-tier-lyme-testing-inaccurate-in-more-than-70-of-cases/, https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/04/26/cdc-playbook-learning-from-lyme/
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, LetsGetChecked.com 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?
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.”