Posted by: syncro
Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus
You! and my link. You said the test was genetically designed for covid. And my cdc link said that rt pct assay can't tell the two viruses apart.
You seem genuinely confused on this matter so hopefully this clears it up. To start with, your CDC link does not say that the PCR assay can't tell the two viruses apart. I also did not say that the PCR test can't tell the two viruses apart. The PCR test can only identify one virus - covid - and your CDC link says this. The PCR test yields either a positive for covid or a negative for covid. Nothing else matters as nothing else is being tested for. I don't know how to make that any more clear - PCR cannot detect influenza. Because the PCR test can only detect one thing, it does not need to differentiate between the only thing it can find and the things it is not even looking for.
Shogun's CDC Link:
After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 only.
The new tests are different though and are designed to detect both covid and influenza. As per your CDC link, they recommend a test that can detect both viruses and differentiate or tell the difference between the two. These new tests are not the same as the PCR test which was designed to detect only the covid virus. You are confusing the single focus of the old PCR test with the multiplex methods of the new tests.
Multiplex method isn't pcr based. They are moving to a multiplex method and away from the amplification method of the pcr.
If the latest sars2 pcr test was A-ok, it does beg the question why change the testing method at all?
I sadly have to say it again, as for your statement about the sars2 pcr test yielding only a positive and negative and identifying one virus, why does the cdc say the sars2 pcr test can not distinguish between influenza and sars2? They are apparently grossly different viruses so this shouldn't actually be an issue.