Eric Feigl-Ding, co-founder of the World Health Network, sounded the alarm hours after the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) changed its recommendations for rapid and at-home COVID-19 tests in the hopes of reducing false negatives, stating that this completely destroys CDC Director Rochelle Walensky’s ‘bogus’ 5-day zero-test-exit rule.
Aside from this, the epidemiology and health economist stated that the FDA’s new testing-focused rules demonstrate the irrationality of the CDC Director’s decision to disregard COVID-19 quarantines.
As per Live Mint, Dr. Ding turned to Twitter to share his thoughts on the current FDA warning, composing, “BREAKING: The @US FDA has recently urged individuals to undergo repeat/serial testing following a negative result on any at-home #COVID19 antigen test, regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms. This also completely debunks the @CDCDirector’s fake 5-day zero-test-exit rule.”
Dr. Ding further stated that a negative test result after taking Paxlovid is insufficient, since a second test performed days later would help detect a rebound COVID-19 case. Consequently, he stated, this new guideline is a modest acknowledgment.
The co-founder of WHN also referenced US President Joe Biden, who recently experienced a COVID-19 resurgence.
Dr. Ding also stated that he had been pointing out to COVID minimizers for a long time that Paxlovid rebound was real and not merely 1-2%, as the FDA had previously claimed. According to him, at least 12 percent of Paxlovid users experienced a COVID-19 rebound infection.
The Epidemiologist noted that the CDC is now relaxing COVID-19 restrictions and quarantine recommendations as hospitalizations and deaths increase across the United States. Eric Feigl-Ding, co-founder of World Health Network, criticized the CDC’s most recent recommendations after the FDA urged people to undergo at least two COVID-19 tests within 48 hours.
He observed that the CDC’s suggestions of a 5-day zero-test-exit rule may have been the result of a shortage of cash, since the US had exhausted its pandemic funds, or corporate interests, and he posed the question, “Does the US have no money left for COVID?”
Ding emphasized that Rapid Anitgen Test (RAT) is not one hundred percent accurate, citing circumstances in which the tests are performed too early or a faulty, shallow swab is collected that does not penetrate deeply.
Earlier on August 11, the FDA issued a recommendation for individuals to undergo at least two RAT tests 48 hours apart. Those who have no symptoms but feel they were exposed to the virus must undergo a minimum of three tests with a 48-hour interval between each one.
“When a positive result is obtained from a home COVID-19 antigen test, the results are often accurate. However, if you conduct a COVID-19 antigen test at home, you may obtain a false-negative result “FDA officials stated.
According to the FDA, PCR tests detect the virus in infected individuals 95% of the time, whereas home tests detect the virus at least 80% of the time.