Fact-checked by: Chequeado

2020/11/26 | Argentina

FALSE: A video that claims that PCR tests find “anything” and are not used to detect the new coronavirus

Explanation: The video of a 1997 interview with Kary Banks Mullis, inventor of this type of test, circulates on Facebook and YouTube, indicating in his description that they would not be used to detect any virus, such as SARS-CoV-2. Specialists assure that the statements were taken out of context, that these tests are used to detect the presence or not of a virus and that the reliability is very high. The RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 was specifically designed to identify the presence of that type of coronavirus, no other.

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