CDC’s Track record

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The responsibility for the public health response to any pandemic threat lies squarely on the shoulders of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/CDC.  Swift, accurate, and reliable diagnostic testing for SARS-Cov2 would have made a huge difference (along with contact tracing in the initial stages) in containment. What did our CDC do?  The unrelenting errors, delays, lack of preparedness, and lack of responsibility from the CDC has evoked mainstream media articles containing words like badly bungled, terrible black mark, devastating, screwups, debilitating mistake, and botched. The whole thing has been reminiscent of an episode of The Three Stooges.

Was the problem simply a lack of appropriate resources?

A Feb 29, 2020 Forbes article noted, “The American taxpayer has provided the CDC with a lot of resources… (10,600 employees earn a combined total of 1.1Billion) … We expect the agency to perform at a high level — despite the daunting task at hand. Taxpayers will soon see if we get our money’s worth.”


1. CDC REFUSED TO TEST AN INITIAL EARLY PATIENT: On February 26, the CDC initially refused a request to test a patient transferred to UC Davis who turned out to be first probable COV-19 due to community exposure.

In January, a researcher was refused approval to test in WA state in January.

2. CDC’S CONTAMINATED TEST KITS CAUSED DELAYS & YIELDED FALSE POSITIVE RESULTS: Because the CDC took more than a month to remove a contaminated component from their testing kit, it significantly delayed diagnostic testing and containment. James Le Duc, a virologist and former CDC officer, told The Post that the situation was “really a terrible black mark on the CDC, and the impact was devastating to the country.”

3. FEDERAL REVIEW FINDS NO BLAME ON CDCALTHOUGH CORONAVIRUS STATS MAY BE SKEWED:  Federal review concluded in June points to a likely contamination. “The review does not appear to assign blame directly to the CDC, The Washington Post reported. Their findings could mean that coronavirus statistics, particularly from the beginning of the year, could be skewed” due to the false positive results from those kits.


When Dr. Fauci was asked about the delay in testing and mistakes made, he said, "There [weren’t] any bad guys there. It just happened,"


We’ve been hijacked by our technologies, but left illiterate about what they actually mean.”  (1)

What is a PCR test?

Developed in the early 1990’s by Kary Mullis, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his Polymerase Chain Reaction test. The intended use of the PCR was (and still is) as a manufacturing technique, with the ability to replicate DNA sequences millions and billions of times, and not as a diagnostic tool to detect viruses. Because Sars-CoV2 is an RNA virus, the actual test used is officially called the RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction). Reverse transcription with an enzyme turns viral RNA into DNA. Other enzymes can then amplify the DNA in order to identify it.

In 2007, epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists recognized that they placed too much faith in a quick and highly sensitive molecular test that led them astray. “There are no national data on pseudo-epidemics caused by an overreliance on such molecular tests, said Dr. Trish M. Perl, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins and past president of the Society of Health Care Epidemiologists of America.”

Why are we not using symptom-based diagnosis for Covid-19, confirmed by RT-PCR testing? Author Celia Farber acknowledges that “the US, we have all but abandoned classical diagnostic medicine in favor of biotech, or lab result medicine. This has been going on for a long time and is a dangerous turning.”  (1) 

On page 38 of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, “Detection of viral RNA may not indicate the presence of infectious virus or that 2019-nCoV is the causative agent for clinical symptoms.”

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny points out that the longer the time between symptom onset and test, the more likely that the test will be negative.  Tests can go from negative, to positive, and back to negative as your immune systems clears the infection.  No one knows exactly what a “positive” test means.

Due to a “flaw” in one of Connecticut’s testing systems, 90 of 144 people who were tested for the virus between June 15 and June 17 received false positive test.  Testing “flaws” like this are being identified in every state.

The testing is so unreliable that a pawpaw and a goat tested positive for Covid-19

Our entire existence right now is based on the numbers that “test positive”.  Does that mean they actually have the infection?  Does it mean anything at all?


If the RT-PCR testing unreliability wasn’t enough, (another) Atlantic Magazine article pointed out, “the CDC is making, at best, a debilitating mistake: combining test results that diagnose current coronavirus infections with test results that measure whether someone has ever had the virus.”

In other words, they are overcounting the number of cases, which led the New York Post to acknowledge, “The CDC’s continued screwups make it very hard to trust.”

While the CDC IS the agency that should be at the forefront of accurate and consistent data collection from each state, a lack of federation guidelines has created huge variation in how states are reporting their Covid-19 data and in what kind of data they provide to the public.

Look at Florida…Countless labs in Florida are reporting 100% positive rates.

Florida’s Gov. DeSantis expresses his concern over testing accuracy after multiple claims from people who received positive results… for tests that they didn’t take.

Small wonder why the responsibility for the data was taken away from the CDC.


For a deep dive, listen to this in-depth interview on multiple issues with CDC testing. Dr. James Lyons-Weiler discusses the findings of Dr. Sin Hang Lee including that 25% of the Covid-19 validation reference samples sent to him were mislabeled

CDC’s data collection is inaccurate.  CDC’s test is flawed, yet it is supposed to provide the gold standard for assessing accuracy of other tests for FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. How can we expect other tests to be accurate if the standard against which they are measured is inaccurate?

The American public deserves ACCOUNTABILITY and RESPONSIBILITY from the CDC.   Not “It just happened”.

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