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I would like to report that: Using the PCR test to lockdown businesses in this or any other county is moot. There are PCR cases and court cases. A lawsuit was won when two German tourists were quarantined after positive PCR tests. The court in Lisbon ruled for the German tourists that “In view of current scientific evidence, this test shows itself to be unable to determine beyond reasonable doubt that such positivity corresponds, in fact, to the infection of a person by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” And also - where this information has not been removed -Dr. Anthony Fauci explains that you can’t spread Covid from a fragment detected by this test. When he describes a fragment found by this test and says it is not replication competent - he means that a fragment of a virus cannot cause a disease, nor can many fragments of a virus cause a disease. The PCR test just picks out a tiny fragment of the supposed virus, not necessarily from the covid-virus, but could be any cold or flu virus fragment since these viruses exchange nucleotides promiscuously and rapidly. Cases can be determined by the number of cycles - the more cycles the more positive cases so the number of cases can be pro- gramed : want more excuses to keep the lockdown going? Run more cycles of the test. Want to decrease the number of positive cases? Run less cycles of the test. Easy Peasy! And mainstream media? just keeps making fiction! and censoring the truth. So I say - lets base the lockdown on death rates, which so far in all parts of the world amount to no more than a bad flu season or a normal flu season. I also say that Oregon citizens need to establish a fund to hire attorneys to protect their civil rights from government abuse.

-Dixie Gainer, Nehalem

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There is so much misinformation in this Letter to the Editor, I am surprised the Headlight Herald didn't do a basic fact check before post such a collection of falsehoods!

Here are the actual facts: Although the PCR test does, in fact, detect just a fragment of genetic material ( RNA ) that Covid-19 contains, that fragment DOES show whether or not there is a very high probability of Covid-19 present.....that's how tests like this work! You don't have to test for the ENTIRE virus, just a component of it to check for infection.

The question of whether or not a "fragment" can cause disease is somewhat absurd, since if you test positive for some Covid -19 genetic material ( Viral RNA ), chances are that it is highly likely you have contracted the "entire" virus....NOT just a "fragment". More info here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/testing.html

In terms of whether or not the test has false positive results based on other Coronaviruses such as the Common Cold, I'll quote Dr Rob Shorten, Chair of Microbiology Committee, Association for Clinical Biochemistry & Laboratory Medicine here: “The specific nature of these sequences ( PCR testing ) means that someone with flu or a common cold virus is highly unlikely to test positive for COVID-19” Some of the newer rapid tests also test for Influenza A & B, but it can differentiate between Influenza and Covid. See here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/testing.html

Please stop posting misinformation about about this Pandemic! Please fact check all claims before assuming they are true!

Pete Stone

Rockaway Beach

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