OleMissCub wrote:Sammy Sofa wrote:It still depresses me so horsefeathering much that this country is run by a maniac idiot who thinks the ones thing that could have truly helped mitigate this is the thing causing the most harm (to him): testing. It's insane that there wasn't a top-down, all hands on deck push to have a quick national testing system in place. We're over nine horsefeathering months into this, and our testing options are as confusing and scattershot as garbage and recycling collection, and on the same nonsensical, wholly inefficient state by state/county by county/city by city standards, too.
It would really help if they mandated that the PCR tests be accessed using the normal cycle threshold and not under 40 cycles. Cutting corners isn’t the way to go about testing. This study showed that PCR tests that used under 40 cycles (as we and most of Europe are) have a 44% false positive rate! Even if the actual number is half that then we have a major problem. Inaccurate tests don’t do us any good in fighting this thing.
https://www.clinicalmicrobiologyandinfe ... 98-743X(20)30614-5/fulltext
As I posted a few pages ago, Germany and Austria require normal threshold cycles when using PCR tests...