Experts say Coronavirus test is to sensitive

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    My apologies I did not realize this article was a year old

    Experts say US's coronavirus positivity rate is high because tests are 'too sensitive' | Daily Mail Online

    • Up to 90 percent of people tested for COVID-19 in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada in July carried barely any traces of the virus, a new report says
    • Experts say it could be because today's tests are 'too sensitive'
    • In the US PCR testing is the most widely used diagnostic test for COVID-19
    • PCR tests analyze genetic matter from the virus in cycles and today's tests typically take 37 or 40 cycles
    • Experts say this is too high because it deems a patient positive even if they have small traces of the virus that are old and no longer contagious
    • They suggest lowering the number of cycles, which would hone in on people with a higher viral load and who are more contagious
    • Today there are 5.9million cases of COVID-19 in the US and there have been more than 182,000 deaths
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2021

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