Dear Public Health England,

Please provide me the information of:

i) the accuracy of the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, in relation to diagnosing a particular virus or disease
ii) the amount of cycles used in obtaining results to determine ome haa COVID 19
iii) can the PCR test determime a 100% accurate level of viral load
iv) how does the PCR test determine the difference between genetic materials
v) which other viruses or diseases has the PCR test been used as a diagnostic tool to accurately determine an infection of a human being of said particular virus or disease
vi) is it true that the PCR test can 'only' detect any form (cold, cough,flu, cancer, poisoning etc) of live or dead genetic material cells that are present in the human body
vii) how many cycles are used in detecting, assuming and classing a human being as having or the the presence of covid19 in a human body

Yours faithfully,

lee edwardes

Dear Public Health England,

Please provide me the information of:

i) the accuracy of the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, in relation to diagnosing a particular virus or disease , specifically COVID19
ii) the amount of cycles used in obtaining results to determine one has COVID 19
iii) can the PCR test determime a 100% accurate level of viral load
iv) how does the PCR test determine the difference between genetic materials
v) which other viruses or diseases has the PCR test been used as a diagnostic tool to accurately determine an infection of a human being of said particular virus or disease
vi) is it true that the PCR test can 'only' detect any form (cold, cough,flu, cancer, poisoning etc) of live or dead genetic material cells that are present in the human body
vii) how many cycles are used in detecting, assuming and classing a human being as having or the presence of covid19 in a human body
viii) did the inventor of the PCR test (Kary Mullis) stipulate that the test does not and cannot diagnose any particular virus or disease

Yours faithfully,

lee edwardes

FOI, Public Health England

OFFICIAL

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FOI, Public Health England

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OFFICIAL
Dear Lee Edwardes,

Please find attached Public Health England's response to your request.

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

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