Fact-checked by: Myth Detector

2021/01/25 | Georgia

MISLEADING: The PCR test inventor Kary Mullis said it can’t be used in COVID-19 virus detection

Explanation: This quote appears not to be a direct quote from the inventor, Kary Mullis and is actually from an article written by John Lauritsen in December 1996 about HIV and AIDS, not COVID-19. Even if Mullis had voiced a similar statement before his death in 2019, this quote does not mean the PCR test is unable to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19 - rather that it cannot determine whether the individual tested is infectious.

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