Good to see you again. It’s been a while. You’re here because your employer wants you to get tested?
That’s right, Doctor. It’s more or less an order. If I don’t comply, I can’t work for the company. I lose my job.
And you don’t want to get tested?
I have problems with the test.
The number of cycles.
Doctor, you’re aware they run the PCR test in cycles?
Sorry, never heard of that. What are you talking about?
Well, they take a swab sample from me. Then they amplify a tiny, tiny part of the sample many times. That’s what the test does. Each leap in amplification is called a cycle.
The number of cycles determines the outcome. If they run the test at 36 cycles or higher, the result is meaningless. But at those high levels, there are many, many false positives. So I could easily register as “infected by the virus,” if the lab uses too many cycles.
Where are you getting all this information?
From a number of sources.
Yes, Doctor. Let me read you a statement he made. July 16, 2020. “…If you get [perform the test at] a cycle threshold of 35 or more…the chances of it being replication-competent [aka accurate] are miniscule…you almost never can culture virus [detect a true positive result] from a 37 threshold cycle…even 36…”
Hmm. And how many of these cycles are labs using when they run the test?
The FDA and the CDC recommend up to 40 cycles, to look for evidence of the virus.
You’re sure you’re not overthinking all this?
No, Doctor, I’m not. It’s very straightforward.
The reason I ask—if what you’re saying is true, then millions of people have been wrongly diagnosed with COVID-19. Do you realize that?
I do. But right now, I’m worried about what’s going to happen to me if I take the test.
I’m not sure what you want me to do.
Well, I was hoping to get a note from you saying that I shouldn’t take the test. That there is a good chance of a false positive result.
I couldn’t do that.
Because I would be making a blanket statement against the test, by implication.
The state medical board could yank my license to practice medicine.
Does the truth matter? Do facts matter?
Let me be frank. I think you’re misinterpreting what you’ve been reading.
Why do you say that?
Because if you’re right, the medical experts would all be wrong. And I don’t think they are. The test is valid.
How do you know?