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Do COVID-19 tests exaggerate the number of positive cases?


Research assistant Samantha Reiter sets up tissue cultures for COVID-19 testing on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Vyriad in Rochester. (Traci Westcott /

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Fears that COVID-19 testing has exaggerated the number of infected people were discussed during a recent media call with scientists from Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

Beginning last summer and re-emerging in January, skeptics have asserted that COVID-19 testing uses too many rounds of so-called amplification cycles while searching for viruses.

They liken it to a process of scraping the barrel for signs of illness, over-scrutiny that can ultimately misidentify harmless remnant particles from previous illness or exposure as active infections.


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