American economist and author Paul Craig Roberts wrote in a blog article, CDC Admits that the Covid Pandemic Was the Product of an Inappropriate Test:
Quietly without media attention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has withdrawn the PCR process as a valid test for detecting and identifying SARS-CoV-2.
"After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 only." [...]
The CDC admits that the PCR test cannot differentiate between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.
The linked CDC Laboratory Alert says:
In preparation for this change, CDC recommends clinical laboratories and testing sites that have been using the CDC 2019-nCoV RT-PCR assay select and begin their transition to another FDA-authorized COVID-19 test. CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses. Such assays can facilitate continued testing for both influenza and SARS-CoV-2 and can save both time and resources as we head into influenza season. Laboratories and testing sites should validate and verify their selected assay within their facility before beginning clinical testing.
I understand that the CDC is saying that because of the similarity between the symptoms of both diseases, "... a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses" can "save both time and resources". I think that the claim that "The CDC admits that the PCR test cannot differentiate between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses." is a deliberate misrepresentation.
Did the CDC say the test cannot differentiate between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses? Can that be interpreted as meaning that the COVID pandemic is smaller than widely claimed?