SARS-COV-2 has never been isolated

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SARS-COV-2 has never been isolated is a false claim made in debates around the existence of SARS-COV-2 as well as contestations of the legitimacy of public health interventions related to SARS-COV-2.

The claim can appear in a context of full denial that SARS-COV-2 exists or a denial of the causal link between SARS-COV-2 and the respiratory symptoms that it is believed to be causing[1]. Alternative theories as to the cause for the respiratory symptoms are generally provided in conjunction with those claims, such as 5G radiation causes SARS-COV-2 symptoms, Poison causes SARS-COV-2 symptoms or Regular flu causes SARS-COV-2 symptoms[2].

The claim that SARS-COV-2 has never been isolated ignores multiple reports which indicate that SARS-COV-2 has indeed been isolated. For instance, a team has sampled the virus from patients and successfully led the virus to reproduce in Vero-CCL81 and Vero E6 cells in the laboratory[3]. A team in Korea has applied the same technique to isolate SARS-COV-2 and found a similar genetic sequence to that of other countries[4]. Two teams in Canada have done the same[5]. These reports will often not be mentioned at all by those claiming that SARS-COV-2 has never been isolated, or can be dismissed wholecloth by the claim that SARS-COV-2 does not respect Koch's postulates. However, that claim relies on capricious threshold setting as it requires defining isolation as absolute purification, which is close to impossible.

Finally, SARS-COV-2 has been imaged using electron microscopy[6].

Statement of the claim SARS-COV-2 has never been isolated
Level of certainty False
Nature Factual
Counterclaim SARS-COV-2 has been isolated
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  1. Kaufman, Andrew (December 27, 2021) Dr. Andrew Kaufman Exposes the ‘Omicran Variant’ Scam that Increases Covid Case Numbers. Need To Know. Accessed on January 19, 2022.
  2. Herer, James (April, 2020) Dr. Andrew Kaufman and the Exosomes (Coronavirus Truth). Weblyf Community. Accessed on January 19, 2022.
  3. Harcourt et al., (June, 2020) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 from Patient with Coronavirus Disease, United States. Emerging Infectious Diseases Volume 26, Number 6. Accessed on January 19, 2022.
  4. Kim et al., (February, 2020) Identification of Coronavirus Isolated from a Patient in Korea with COVID-19. Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives 11:3-7. Accessed on January 19, 2022.
  5. Mossman, Karen (March 25, 2020) I study viruses: How our team isolated the new coronavirus to fight the global pandemic. The Conversation. Accessed on January 19, 2022.
  6. NIAID Media Team, (February 13, 2020) New Images of Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Now Available. NIAID Now. Accessed on January 19, 2022.