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The return of influenza (and other currently absent respiratory infections) in the winter of 2021-2022 is a near certainty unless everything that happens is pure coincidence (like dropping dead immediately after receiving an injection of something or other): 07/21/2021: Lab Alert: Changes to CDC RT-PCR for SARS-CoV-2 Testing.

Multiplexed RT-PCR will enhance our multi-pandemic preparedness. How? By providing us with the capability to detect multiple and simultaneously occurring pandemics should they occur. And we know that such a multilayered outbreak of disease is about to happen because otherwise The ScienceTM would not have bothered to develop so sophisticated a diagnostic tool just in time for the coming season of infections.

Winter is coming.