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It’s Against the Law to Know Which COVID Variant Infected You

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Republished with permission from MERCOLA.COM

Did you know that if you’re vaccinated and you come down with COVID-19 anyway, that you’re not allowed to find out which variant made you sick? Not only that, your doctor isn’t allowed to know, either.

A San Francisco musician found this out when he came down with COVID-19 even though he was fully vaccinated. When he wanted to know the results of the variant sequencing information on tests done by Kaiser Permanente, he learned that, in the U.S., there are legal barriers preventing such information from being disclosed, including the fact that the testing labs have to go through a federal validation process to do that.

Unfortunately, most labs are not yet federally approved, partly because the validation process is so time-consuming and costly. On top of that, it can take months to isolate just one variant.

“To keep up with it in real time, when it doesn’t influence a decision you’re going to make on how you treat a patient, just isn’t very useful,” Kelly Wroblewki, director of infectious diseases at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, told Insider. “It’s satisfying curiosity more than it’s really benefiting a patient.”

That could change if, sometime in the future, it turns out there could be a therapeutic benefit to having the information.

SOURCE: Business Insider August 23, 2021


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