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Covid 19: NEJM and former CDC director launch stinging attacks on US response

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 08 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m3925

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Politics and public health in America—taking a stand for what is right

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Re: "no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available"

Dear Editor,

I was glad to see Janet Menage's rapid response asking "What does this mean?" because I, too, want to know what the CDC meant by:

"Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available, assays designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA (N gene; GenBank accession: MN908947.2) of known titer (RNA copies/μL) spiked into a diluent consisting of a suspension of human A549 cells and viral transport medium (VTM) to mimic clinical specimen”.(1)

As Public Policy Director of a nonprofit with a mission to restore scientific integrity to public health policy, I have stayed on the sidelines of the debate about whether or not SARS-COV-2 virus actually exists, choosing instead to focus on educating about existing inexpensive treatment protocols that are being marginalized. No matter what the cause, people the world over are being hospitalized and dying, and the first step in eradicating fear is to provide hope. Knowledgeable practitioners have been using nutrient and oxidative therapies, as well as non-patentable drugs, to successfully address viral infections for decades and longer, and those same methodologies work even if the exact viral cause of the symptoms is unknown. They are working for those who "test positive" for COVID-19. (2)

But the world has been devastated by the unprecedented response to a "novel virus" with severe shut downs and restrictions, and in some places, such as my home state, there is no end in sight to the measures, despite the existence of effective treatments, the fact that more than 99% of individuals are not at risk of severe infection outcome, and the peak in fatalities was over months ago. We are told to continue distancing, masking, and waiting for vaccines, which are unlikely to provide a safe or effective solution, based on the history of coronavirus vaccine development and the results emerging from clinical trials.

We all deserve to know the truth about this virus and what PCR test results really mean.


Competing interests: No competing interests

09 October 2020
Bernadette Pajer
Public Policy Director
Informed Choice WA
Washington State, USA