Coronavirus Pt3 – Testing: What are we doing? What does it mean?

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by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM*

In 1965, scientists identified the first human coronavirus; it was associated with the common cold. The Coronavirus family, named for their crown-like appearance, currently includes 36 viruses. Within that group, there are 4 common viruses that have been causing infection in humans for more than sixty years. In addition, three pandemic coronaviruses that can infect humans: SARS, MERS, and now, SARS-CoV-2.

As the news of deaths in China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran began to saturate every form of media 24/7, we became familiar with a new term: COVID-19. To be clear, the name of the newly identified coronavirus is SARS-CoV-2; short for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2. This virus’s symptoms include fever, cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath. These are the complex of symptoms that form the diagnosis of COVID-19.

Public Health Emergency

The Trump administration declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020. Then on February 2, they placed a ban on the entry of most travelers who had recently been in China. On February 4, Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a declaration of public health emergency and activated the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, otherwise known as the PREP Act. This nefarious legislation provides complete protection of manufacturers from liability for all products, technologies, biologics, or any vaccine developed as a medical countermeasure against COVID-19. For those nervously waiting for the vaccine to become available, be sure to understand the PREP Act before rushing to the get in line.

Calls for testing – to see if a person is or isn’t infected – began soon after the emergency was declared. But performing those tests was initially slow due to an inadequate number of test kits. As the kits became available, those developed by the CDC had a defect: The reagents reacted to the negative control sample, making the test inaccurate and the kits unusable.

In various countries, thousands of test kits purchased from China were found to be contaminated with the SARS-CoV-2 viruses. No one really knows how that happened, but theories spread like wildfire. Could the test kit infect the person receiving testing? Or, did it mean the test would return a false-positive result, driving up the numbers of those said to have an infection so those in power could implement stronger lockdowns and accelerate the hockey-stick unemployment rates? There are no adequate answers for any of those questions.

Mandatory Testing … of what? 

Authorities claim that testing is important for public health officials to assess if their mitigation efforts – “shelter in place” and “social distancing” and “wearing a mask” – are making a difference to “flatten the curve.” Officials also claim that testing is necessary to know how many persons have an infection within a community and to understand the nature of how coronaviruses spread.

Are these reasons sufficient to give up our health freedom and our personal rights, being tested and shamed in public?

Despite the challenges with test kits, testing began. By the end of March 2020, more than 1 million people had been tested across the US. By May 9, the number tested had grown to over 8.7M. Testing methods include a swab of the nasal passages or by inserting a long, uncomfortable swab through the nose to scrape the back of the throat. Specimens have also been obtained bronchoalveolar lavage, from sputum, and from stool specimens.

The call for mandatory testing has been gathering steam and becoming ever more onerous. In Washington state, Governor Inslee has declared:

Individuals that refuse to cooperate with contact tracers and/or refuse testing, those individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes to purchase basic necessities such as groceries and/or prescriptions. Those persons will need to make arrangements through friends, family, or state provided “family support” personnel.

But what do the results really mean?

Who Should Receive Testing

On May 8, 2020, the CDC has listed specific priorities for when testing should be done. As of May 16, more than 11-million samples have been collected and more than 3700 specimens have not yet been evaluated.

High Priority

  • Hospitalized patients with symptoms
  • Healthcare facility workers, workers in living settings, and first responders with symptoms
  • Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including prisons and shelters, with symptoms


  • Persons with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat
  • Persons without symptoms who are prioritized by health departments or clinicians, for any reason, including but not limited to public health monitoring, sentinel surveillance, or screening of asymptomatic individuals according to state and local plans.

Read that last priority again: That means virtually everyone can be required to get a test.

Is that a violation of your personal rights? And, if you submit to testing, what does a “positive test” actually mean?

Types of Testing: RT-PCR

PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is a highly specific laboratory technique. The key to understanding PCR testing is that PCR can identify an individual specific virus within a viral family.

However, a PCR was created to identify DNA viruses; the SARS-CoV2 virus is an RNA virus. Therefore, multiple steps are necessary to “magnify” the amount of genetic material in the specimen. Researchers used a method called RT-PCR, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, to specifically identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It’s a complicated process. To read more about it, go here and here.

If a nasal or a blood sample contains a tiny snip of RNA from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, RT-PCR can identify it. This leads to a high probability that the person has had exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

However – and this is important – a positive RT-PCR test result does not necessarily indicate a full virus is present. The virus must be fully intact to cross from person-to-person and cause illness.

RT-PCR Testing: The Importance of Timing

Even if a person has had all the symptoms associated with a coronavirus infection or has had exposure to persons who have had a COVID-19 diagnosis, the probability of an RT-PCR test being positive decreases with the number of days past the onset of symptoms.

According to a study done by Paul Wikramaratna and others:

  • For a nasal swab, the percentage chance of a positive test declines from about 94% on day 0 to about 67% by day 10. By day 31, there is only a 2% chance of a positive result.
  • For a throat swab, the percentage chance of a positive test declines from about 88% on day 0 to about 47% by day 10. By day 31, there is only a 1% chance of a positive result.

In other words, the longer the time frame between the onset of symptoms and the time a person tests for COVID-19, the more likely the test will be negative.

The Purpose of Repeat Testing

Repeat testing of persons who have a negative test may (eventually) confirm the presence of viral RNA, but this is impractical. Additionally, repeated testing of the same person can lead to even more confusing results. The test may go from negative, to positive, then back to negative again as the immune system clears out the coronavirus infection and moves to recovery.

And what makes this testing even more confusing is that the FDA admits that “The detection of viral RNA by RT-PCR does not necessarily equate with an infectious virus.”

Let’s break that down:

You’ve had all the symptoms of COVID19, but your RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 is negative.

  • Does that mean you’re “good to go” – you can go to work, go to school or you can travel?  OR…
  • Does that mean your influenza-like illness was caused by some other pathogen, possibly one of the four coronaviruses that have been in circulation for 60 years? OR…
  • Does that mean the result is a false-negative and you still have the infection, but it isn’t detectable by current tests? OR…
  • Does that mean it was a sample that was inadequately taken due to the faulty technique by the technician? OR…
  • Does that mean you have not been exposed, and you are susceptible to contracting the infection, and you need to stay in quarantine?

So, what does a “positive” test actually mean? And that’s the problem:

No one knows for sure.

Another Type of Testing: Antibodies

According to the nonprofit Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), more than 200 serologic blood tests, to test for antibodies, are either now available or in development.

There are two primary types of antibodies that undergo assessment for nearly any type of infection: IgM and IgG. While several new testing devices are being touted as a home test, they are not the same as a home pregnancy test or a glucometer to test your blood sugar. The blood spot or saliva specimen can be collected at home. From there, you’d It send it to a laboratory for analysis. It can take a few days – or longer – to get the results. With so many tests in the pipeline, the ability to test at home will be changing over time.

The first antibody to rise is IgM. It rises quickly after the onset of the infection and is usually a sign of an acute, or current, infection. The IgM levels diminish quickly as the infection resolves. The FDA admits they don’t know how long the IgM remains present for SARS-CoV-2 as the infection clears.

The interpretation of an IgG antibody is more difficult. This antibody is an indicator of a past infection. The test is often not specific enough to determine if SARS-CoV-2 virus was the cause for past infection, or one of the four common coronaviruses that cause influenza-like illness.

Negative or Positive

The FDA says: 

Because serology testing can yield a negative test result even if the patient is actively infected (e.g., the body has not yet developed in response to the virus) or maybe falsely positive (e.g., if the antibody indicates a past infection by a different coronavirus), this type of testing should not be used to diagnose an acute or active COVID-19 infection.

Similarly, the CDC says the following regarding antibody testing:

  • If you test positive:
    • A positive test result shows you have antibodies as a result of an infection with SARS-CoV-2, possibly a related coronavirus.
    • It’s unclear if those antibodies can provide protection (immunity) against getting infected again. This means that we do not know at this time if antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 make you immune to the SARS-CoV-2.
    • If you have no symptoms, you likely do not have an active infection and no additional follow-up is needed.
    • It’s possible you might test positive for antibodies and you might not have, or have ever had, symptoms of COVID-19. This is known as having an asymptomatic infection [ie you have a healthy immune system that eliminated the virus without experiencing the illness.]
    • An antibody test cannot tell if you are currently sick with COVID-19.
  • If you test negative
    • If you test negative for antibodies, you probably did not have a previous infection. However, you could have a current infection because antibodies don’t show up for 1 to 3 weeks after infection.
    • Some people may take even longer to develop antibodies, and some people may not develop antibodies.
    • An antibody test cannot tell if you are currently sick with COVID-19.

What? Wait!

  • Doesn’t the vaccine industry call the IgG a “protective antibody”?
  • Isn’t this the marker assessed after you’ve had an infection with, say, measles or chickenpox or mumps, to determine if you are immune from future infections?
  • Isn’t this the marker of induced immunity they are trying to achieve by administering a vaccine?

If the FDA doesn’t know if an IgG antibody to SARS-CoV-2 after recovering from the infection is protective against a future infection, then they certainly don’t know if an antibody caused by a vaccine will prevent infection either.

Doesn’t this completely eliminate the theory that antibodies afford protection and antibodies from vaccines are necessary to keep you from getting sick? 

Mandatory Testing – New Job Creation

Illinois U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush introduced the H.R. 6666 TRACE Act on May 1. On his website, Rush says:

Until we have a vaccine to defeat this dreaded disease, contact tracing in order to understand the full breadth and depth of the spread of this virus is the only way we will be able to get out from under this.

H.R.6666 would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Director of the CDC to award grants to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing and then to trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals. The contact tracers would receive authorization to test people in their homes and as necessary, quarantine people in place.

Where do they intend to do this testing? Besides mobile units to test people in their homes, the bill identifies eight specific locations where the testing and contract tracing could occur. Locations include schools, health clinics, universities, churches, and “any other type of entity” the secretary of HHS wants to use.

The bill would allocate $100 billion in 2020 “and such sums as may be necessary for the fiscal year 2021 and any subsequent fiscal year during which the emergency period continues.”

Rapid Mutation

But what are they looking for?

  • If you’re asymptomatic, is your test supposed to be positive – saying you’ve been exposed and you’ve recovered?
  • Or is your test supposed to be negative, meaning, you’re healthy?
  • Or does a completely negative test – negative RT-PCR test and no IgG antibody – mean you’re susceptible to infection and you need to stay in quarantine?

The virus is rapidly mutating, which is rather typical of RNA viruses. In a study published in April 2020, researchers discovered that the novel coronavirus has already mutated into at least 30 different genetic variations. If your RT-PCR test is positive, does this identify exposure to the original pandemic virus, or have you had exposure to one of the genetic variations?

The same can be said about the vaccines under development: With each mutation, is the vaccine more likely to be all risk and no benefit when it reaches the market?

What You Can Do

Across the nation, police are receiving orders to not apprehend criminals but instead, to arrest parents at playgrounds, to arrest lone surfers on public beaches, to fine ministers and congregation members sitting in their cars listening to a service on the radio, and to restrict movement by creating one-way sidewalks.

People have had enough. They are beginning to see the huge scam that has been perpetrated on the entire world over a viral infection with a global death rate of 1.4%. Meaning, 1.4% of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have a fatal outcome, while 98.6% recover). This is far fewer deaths than a severe flu season.

We’re already starting to see the thrust to take our power back:

  • In Virginia, people went to the beaches en mass, ignoring social distancing and the orders of the Governor to stay home.
  • The central California city of Atwater has declared itself a “sanctuary city,” allowing business owners and churches to open, openly defying Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus-related stay-at-home order.
  • The truth about wearing masks is starting to come out and people are voting with their feet. Retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock, warns that not only do face masks fail to protect healthy people from contracting an illness, but they create serious health risks to the wearer.

I’m Not/I Will Not

While they shut us down and held us hostage in our homes, they changed our society, our lives, our world. You need to decide where you stand on each of these statements:

  • I will not submit to testing.
  • I will not wear a mask.
  • I will not accept this is the “new normal.”
  • I will not be afraid of standing next to a friend or family member and will not obey the concept of “social distancing.”
  • I will understand that an asymptomatic carrier is a normal, healthy person; I will not buy into the fear that I might “catch something” from a normal, healthy person.
  • I will refuse mandatory vaccination.

It’s time for Americans to resist with non-violent civil disobedience. Be brave. Be bold. Put on the full armor of God, as found in Ephesians 6:10-20 in the Bible, to stand against the world rulers of this present darkness. With God on our side, all things are possible.

*updated August 9, 2020


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Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is an osteopathic medical doctor, board-certified in three specialties. She is the founder of Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, a medical clinic located near Cleveland, Ohio. Her company, provides online education and training regarding all aspects of vaccines and vaccination. 

Dr. Tenpenny has invested nearly 20 years and more than 40,000 hours documenting and exposing the problems associated with vaccines. As an internationally known speaker and author, her many articles have been translated into at least 15 languages. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV to share her knowledge and educate parents on why they should Just.Say.No. to vaccines

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16 Comments on "Coronavirus Pt3 – Testing: What are we doing? What does it mean?"

  1. Are they putting something into your body when they test you for covid, like a virus or nano bots?

  2. Rosanne Aragona | 08/10/2020 at 4:15 pm | Reply

    AWESOME article and I 100% agree. I live near too many who are mad at me for not wearing a mask, gloves and social distancing. They tell me I read too many conspiracy theories. I ask them if they want to live in a socialist country, they say no then I tell them that the front line doctors are the ones they should listen to not the CDC or WHO as they have a “New World Order” agenda but they are still ignorant. I applaud you Dr. Tenpenny as I have listened to you for many many years.

  3. Hi Dr. Tenpenny,

    I just discovered and really like your site. I just have a question about the RT PCR Test. I have been following the work of Dr. Andrew Kaufman as well as articles from the Off-Guardian in the UK who have been very critical of this test being used as a diagnostic tool. In fact the inventor of the PCR Test, Karis Mullins, stated specifically that it was not be used for diagnostic purposes. The key issues with the RT PCR test are:
    1. COVID-19 has never been purified and visualized
    2. Only visualized from one patient inside a human cell
    3. RT-PCR never tested against gold standard SARS-COV2.

    I’m wondering whether you have looked into this issue since the study done by Paul Wikramaratna et al seems to be a meta study of existing RT RCR Testing usage for COVID-19 assuming that the issues listed above don’t exist. I will provide the link to the article in the Off-Guardian and to an interview of Dr. Andrew Kaufman that highlights these issues.

    All the best!
    Dr. Andrew Kaufmann presentation on Covid-19

    Off-Guardian article – Covid-19 PCR Test is scientifically meaningless

  4. I have Myasthenia Gravis in remission but no symptoms of so called Covid 19 so how does my condition require Testing for anything? My Doctor advised me not to be vaccinated for anything with live vaccines. I refuse to be vaccinated when I am considered healthy at 91 years of age!

  5. My son had to have surgery which required a Covid test to be admitted. He came back positive. He is totally asymptomatic. Not sure what that should mean for our family… do we all quarantine? Do we ignore it since he is probably not contagious? Thoughts?

    • Ask what type of testing did they do to determine that he was “positive” – was it (1) RT-PCR (real-time PCR), (2) RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase PCR) or (3) serology testing (for IgG antibody). If he is positive by (1) it means he was exposed to the SARS-COV2 virus, most likely in the last 30 days. If he’s asymptomatic, it means nothing. If he is positive by test method (2), it means he was exposed to one of the coronaviruses in the family of 36 viruses. If he’s asymptomatic, it means nothing. If he is positive to test method (3), it means he was exposed to one of the coronaviruses in he at some point in his life. It’s a non-specific marker. The rise of someone being “contagious” who has a positive “test” and is asymptomatic is negligible.

      Think of it this way: reporting that the number of car accidents is increasing is IRRELEVANT if no one is injured or died. What would be important would be showing that more car accidents leads to more deaths. If the number of accidents goes from 10 to 1000 but there is not an increasing number of deaths, the number of reported accidents doesn’t matter. Scaring the public by reporting more “positive” tests means nothing if there is no corresponding increase in serious infections, leading to hospitalization or a corresponding increase in the number of deaths.

      This study was published April 2020: A patient with congenital heart disease tested “positive” to REAL-TIME PCR, meaning, the actually identified the SARS-CoV2 virus. The patient was asymptomatic. 455 contacts were identified through “contact tracing” They were all tested. They found ZERO cases in contacts: *nothing* was spread from the “asymptomatic carrier.”

      I’ve been repeating this for the last two months. Testing is irrelevant and expensive and inaccurate. Masks NOT needed.

  6. I want to believe everything that I just read, but don’t know if I can risk being maskless,and/or not social distancing in large groups. Please continue to update you medical findings. Appreciatively, Lois

  7. Ken DeCiancio | 05/30/2020 at 1:30 pm | Reply

    Hello Dr. Tenpenny, Have you looked into Quercetin and Zinc as an even safer and non prescription treatment instead of HC drug?

  8. Silvia horton | 05/29/2020 at 7:02 am | Reply

    The CoVid19 is being blamed for KAWASki disease though linked to the contents of vaccines

  9. Dr Sherri Tenpenny was so thrilled with Dr Kaufman’s revelations about Koch’s postulates and other stuff, but seems to not have been impacted by the same. Or am I wrong? I’m willing to believe what research, by scientists who honestly and with integrity and by application of scientific principles, uncovers. Have they positively identified a covid 19 virus? To my knowledge, they haven’t. Ergo.

    • Dr Kaufman told me that the information about exosomes has been around for about 30 years; that’s “relatively new” science in the big scheme of things. The exosome theory pushes hard against the existing Germ Theory so it will only be slowly embraced. That said, I believe it is gaining traction.

    • Arby, I was wondering the same thing. Even during the second LR interview, Dr Tenpenny mentioned the sars-cov-2 “virus” but never followed up with the fact that it has never been isolated and purified. Basically whenever I now read sars-cov-2, I replace it with “unicorns” until it has been proven to exist using Koch’s postulates.

  10. Arthur W. Vance | 05/27/2020 at 10:10 pm | Reply

    Thank you Dr. Tenpenny for your honest, bold set of facts on this COVID-19 virus and for standing against any mandated procedures that would clearly violate our constitutional rights as citizens of this great country!!!!! God bless you with continued courage and protection as you proclaim the truth about vaccines and related issues!!!!!

  11. Raissa Licano-Sanchez | 05/22/2020 at 5:21 pm | Reply

    I appreciate how this article gives a fuller scale context for how we got into the position we are in. I also like the detail of how the two tests are different from one another. I laughed out loud when I read the question, “Doesn’t this completely eliminate the theory that antibodies afford protection and antibodies from vaccines are necessary to keep you from getting sick?” It’s wild! Thank you Dr. Tenpenny. You are a true blessing and warrior!

  12. Deborah Green | 05/22/2020 at 9:12 am | Reply

    Thank you. Truth at last.

  13. Everyone please get this article to your state and local leaders, especially those who live in the new slave states of America.

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