Author: Kevin P. Corbett MSc PhD
WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?
No Gold Standard, No Fulfilment of Koch’s Postulates
Viral purification and visualisation prior to test manufacture is the scientific approach for validating how
accurately tests perform – ‘gold standard’ (White and Fenner,1986 p9). This must be followed by proof
that any proven viral agent fulfils Koch’s postulates for causation of this ‘new’ disease called ‘Covid-19’
which is currently lacking (e.g. Zhu et al 2020).
A forthcoming scientific paper on current RT-PCR/antibody tests for the ‘novel Coronavirus’ (‘SARSCov-2’) by leading scientists in the U.S. state of Georgia states:
“There is no gold standard for COVID-19 since this specific virus has never been properly
purified and visualized. Thus, the accuracies of the tests are unknown. The development of
these test kits is contrary to the FDA’s guidance document.”
Reliable analytical data is critical for the correct determination of the real presence or absence
of COVID-19 infection.” (Ogenstad et al 2020 pp3-4)
The above extract – confirmed by the Georgia State U.S. authors – reveals that the way these tests
perform when testing patients/staff has never been properly evaluated in relation to the gold standard
of “purified virus”. This means that the accuracy of these tests is currently unknown and
impossible to judge until more work is completed.
Britain Is Using Flawed Tests
Investigative journalists at London’s Daily Telegraph (Donnelly and Gardner 2020) report that the
British test regulator – Public Health England (PHE) – is using flawed ‘novel Coronavirus’ tests (for
‘SARS-CoV-2’) with no real capacity to roll out national screening and testing (Open Democracy 2020)
on thousands of UK National Health Service (NHS) patients and workers. PHE is also reportedly giving