The PCR test is in the news again after a man in Georgia, who was scheduled for surgery, tested positive and, four hours later, tested negative. Last week, President John Magufuli of Tanzania said he ran a secret experiment on test kits provided by the World Health Organization. He submitted swab samples from a goat, a sheep, and a piece of pawpaw fruit, which is similar to a papaya. The fruit and the goat tested positive for COVID-19. This would be funny if the consequences were not so serious. The economy and personal liberty around the world are being crushed, based on absurdities such as this.
Nevertheless, the samples from the pawpaw, goat, and sheep were all submitted for testing, knowing there is no way that they could have the virus. When the results came back, the samples for the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19, the president said, adding this meant it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they were not infected by the coronavirus, according to Reuters.