For most of the pandemic, Americans have been told PCR testing is the gold standard. But in most situations, it is not.
Whaat? For the entirety of the pandemic we’ve been told the PCR is the gold standard for testing. Now, The media deigns to tell us it’s not? Thanks for nothing legacy media. Those that payed attention already knew this!
Everything about testing for covid-19 appears overly complicated. It is no wonder Americans are confused — and getting angry. So here’s a way to simplify our testing game plan: Let’s sideline polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in favor of rapid antigen tests.
First, most PCR tests have a long lag between sample collection and test result. A result that takes longer than 18 hours is of little use for people trying to make decisions.
Second, PCR tests can detect viral particles many days after infection, which might not indicate contagiousness. From an individual standpoint, there is no good reason to get a PCR test at this stage of a widespread pandemic.
Meanwhile, rapid antigen tests have four advantages.
1- First, if you have covid-19 symptoms such as fatigue, fever, cough, or loss of smell and taste, an antigen test can quickly confirm the diagnosis
2- Second, antigen tests can help inform someone with covid-19 whether they should end isolation.
3-Third, antigen tests can help assure people that it is safe to visit someone who is at high risk of serious problems because of covid-19.
4- Finally, antigen tests can be used for screening in schools.
The push for rapid antigen testing has always been proof of vaccine failure.