“If the NFL could figure out how to do this in terms of testing and the protocols, if schools are that important let’s do it.” Randi Weingarten, Meet The Press, February 22, 2021
by Michael Kane
Randi Weingarten showed how little she knows about science and COVID testing when she compared the reopening of schools to the NFL during a Meet The Press interview on Sunday.
The NFL testing protocols are far, FAR superior to school protocols.
In August of 2020, the NFL had 77 players all test positive for the coronavirus using the PCR COVID test from BioReference Laboratories. However the NFL did not just stop there, but rather they performed a superior secondary test on the original specimens using the much more precise Sanger sequencing. It turned out not one of the 77 NFL players were actually positive for SARS CoV-2.
That is a 100% false-positive rate.
NYC Schools uses the same Laboratory that failed the NFL – BioReferene Laboratories – for much of its PCR COVID testing. But what NYC Schools does not do is they don’t double check the results with any other test. Instead, they just assume the PCR test is infallible when even the NY Times has reported PCR COVID tests produce up to 90% false-positive results when used on individuals that show no symptoms.
UFT President Mike Mulgrew has even gotten it worked into the teacher contract with NYC that if there are a mere 2 positive COVID tests in a school then the building is shutdown for 2 weeks. However they never double check to see if those “positive” tests were false positives even though it is widely known that PCR COVID tests are notorious for producing false positive results.
Something just doesn’t smell right here.
In addition, the contract with BioReference Laboratories has still not been released to the public. For some odd reason NYC and the UFT have no problem operating the COVID testing regime in secret, and have no protocol for confirming if faulty PCR tests are correct. The result is that NYC Schools claim to be open but remain mostly shuttered and stuck in the dark corners of “reimagined” remote learning.