During the draconian 2nd lockdown in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Victoria, I contacted the Department of Health & Human Services to inquire about how many cycles they were running their PCR tests at. Knowing that anything over about 25 cycles is sure to give you at least 50% false positives, I thought this was an important bit of information for the public to know considering it was the information being used to lock down 6.7 million people under house arrest and destroying countless lives and livelihoods.
This is their response.
From: COVID-19 Community Engagementand Testing <COVID-19CommunityEngagementandTesting@dhhs.vic.gov.au>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020, 12:44 pm
Subject: Your query to the Department of Health and Human Services CM0014979
To: m——-.h——-@gmail.com <m——.h——@gmail.com>
Dear Mr Haworth,
Thank you for your recent query regarding the number of amplification cycles currently being undertaken in the PCR test being used in Victoria.
My colleague advises me that it is 35-40 amplification cycles.
Specifically, after viral RNA is extracted into complementary DNA, it is amplified using reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The amplification process is repeated for about 40 cycles. Amplification is measured with fluorescent labelled DNA probes. If viral RNA is present in the sample, the target gene will have been amplified and there will be a signal at somewhere between 20 and 40 cycles, which equates to a Cycle Threshold value (Ct value).
I hope that this is helpful.
Please let me know if I can assist you with anything else.
COVID-19 – Community Engagement and Testing
Department of Health and Human Services