Don't panic people, spin control only works for a short time. There are new factors in play now:
1) No one will ever again be able to get away with the idea that they had to construct artificial positive controls to validate a test, because there are no infected people, with or without symptoms. This group has identified healthy blood donors with infection.
2) Questions about the safety of the blood supply are now wide open.
3) Excluding viral causes just became much harder. Now, you must look for members of a class of retroviruses.
4} If you are in a hurry to find people with these viral infections, CFS/ME patients are the easiest ones to check. There are millions of us.
Agreed. The spin is working somewhat at the moment because so many journalists are still ill-informed. Some will get educated and start asking the real questions like, "What does this mean for the blood supply?" and "How did nearly 10% of the population get infected?"
It's prime time for our advocates to carefully educate the media.