Long Lines for COVID Tests
I’m sure most here have seen media coverage of people sitting in their cars waiting in long lines, often for several hours, to get a COVID-19 test done. I have not been able to figure out why that is and I am hoping some of you may have some insight. I don’t mean the logistics of having too few tests or testing stations available in relation to the demand, I mean the demand itself. Personally I would not wait 6 hours in a line of cars on a hot summer day if they were giving out $100 bills at the end of it.
Why are so many people so desperate to get tested?
I’m gonna say boredom is certainly a factor. However, it is likely that the majority are genuinely concerned and want resolution. The problem, to me, is that there doesn’t seem to be anybody promoting the slightest bit of symptom weighting during self-diagnosis. So, you have 400 people in line of which 380 will be ‘HBv’ negative (this example is derived from local county statistics). In addition, even if one does not feel ill, it is advised to test if they were potentially exposed.
All in all, it’s but one trapeze artist in this ongoing Cirque de’ Mierde.
note there are companies that offer on line order of kits, and they get the results back in a few days. no standing in line. for example [email protected] is one. give them a credit card.
Athletes are tested daily as sports attempts a comeback. This is wrong! Rapid tests are needed for the general population to triage people quickly and start treatment in a timely manner. I know of two people who waited 8 days for results of a swab PCR test and a lady who waited 13 days.
I could see a class action lawsuit against the sports teams and those who distribute the tests. Why should a citizen fighting for their life be lower priority than a random athlete who is simply playing a game?
If the argument is made that professional athletes are performing a necessary function job (I don’t buy that) , then all employed in critical jobs should have the same access to tests like meat packers who work in a close contact environment.
Athletes do not deserve priority treatment.