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2021/07/28 | United States

FALSE: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests do not distinguish between COVID-19 and the flu.

Explanation: the CDC did not announce that PCR tests could not tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu. The agency withdrew the emergency use authorization (EUA) request for its PCR test in favor of newer, multiplexed tests.

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