SARS-COV-2 has never been isolated
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. 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.
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. 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. Two teams in Canada have done the same. 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.
|Statement of the claim||SARS-COV-2 has never been isolated|
|Level of certainty||False|
|Counterclaim||SARS-COV-2 has been isolated|
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