Antibody Tests for Covid-19 Wrong 50% of The Time? WTF?

This pandemic sucks. I am tired of the inaccuracies. We all are. But I am also tired of people ignoring the businesses that require masks even when the store has a big sign out front. It’s like they think their freedom is on the line and they sacrificed enough. Enough? Staying inside for a couple of months and then having to wear a mask is NOT dropping into Normandy.

But then we get this information:

Antibody tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with Covid-19 might be wrong up to half the time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance posted on its website.

Antibody tests, often called serologic tests, look for evidence of an immune response to infection. “Antibodies in some persons can be detected within the first week of illness onset,” the CDC says.

They are not accurate enough to use to make important policy decisions, the CDC said.”Serologic test results should not be used to make decisions about grouping persons residing in or being admitted to congregate settings, such as schools, dormitories, or correctional facilities,” the CDC says.

This is what happens when we rush to find the right testing, the right guidelines, and soon, the right vaccine. No one is going to trust us in the medical field Add in a pinch of politics to weaponize this medical information and we have thoroughly confused everyone. I am just sad about it all because CV19 is starting to rise again and it may get nasty.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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2 Responses

  1. Jeff A says:

    Dear Doug,

    ” sad about it all because CV19 is starting to rise again and it may get nasty. ” That rise may be another disinformation data point. Have you noticed that the reported increases in infected numbers do not mention how much the testing has increased. If you test 300% more, then you had better get 300% more “positive” results. The MSM is playing this like they want to scare us… Oh, wait, they DO!

    • Stuart says:

      Sorry, but that doesn’t explain away the fact that the percentage of tests that are positive has doubled in new hot spots like Arizona and Texas.

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