TEST, TEST, TEST
Just as we thought this thing might go away it is back with a vengeance. Well, it is contagious as Hell (is Hell contagious? I hope not). There is some hope that it is less virulent, and apparently not too dangerous if you are vaccinated and or have some immunity from previous infection. We won't know that for a few weeks.
Anyway, what is the governments solution?
Test, Test, Test!
At least they are not calling for contact tracing. I’m pretty sure that if contact tracing was remotely feasible, then 98% of the country would have to go into 14-day quarantine. I think that ship, which might be effective with other contagions, has sailed with this one. (No, I am not a doctor but I have been watching a lot of “ER” reruns lately.)
So, Test, Test, Test.
If you live in NYC and you want to visit friends or family this Christmas you are recommended to test first so you do not infect others.
There are lines around the block in NYC and other places to get a Covid test. Let me analyze this as an uneducated blockhead who had to cheat to pass Biology 1 in college.
There is a virus that has almost no early symptoms that is, according to pundits, “a tsunami” of infection. We have learned that the old Delta was reasonably safe outdoors. This new variant maybe not so much. We won't know for a few weeks.
So…in order to be safe we now need a test where you line up nose to nose with hundreds of people waiting to get tested because they think they may have a virus that is extremely contagious!
Test, Test, Test?
That sounds like a 24/7 super-spreader event to me.
New Yorkers Standing in line:
“Yo, how you doin?”
“Not too bad…ah-chew! Probably just a little cold, or maybe a deadly virus, one or the other, that’s why I’m standing in line with all these other maybe infected people to find out. How about you.”
“Me…I’m good, I’m just waiting to get tested to be sure I don’t have anything so I won’t give it to others.”
“So, you’re standing in line with potentially infectious people to see if you are infected so you can visit with other people who may or may not be infected so you don’t infect them if you are infected?”
“You know that you won’t get the results for at least two days, and if you got infected standing in this line with potentially infected people it won’t show in your test results from today.”
“So, then even if I test negative, I won’t really know for sure, and I might actually get infected without knowing because I stood in this line with hundreds of possibly infected people?”
“That’s how I (cough cough) see it.”
“So, after I test today, I should test again tomorrow to make sure I did not get infected today by standing in line with hundreds of possibly infected people?”
“Yes, if you want to be safe. But of course, you still won’t know because you might get infected waiting in that line.”
“The heck with that, I’m going home.”
“Well, you’d better quarantine yourself for 14 days just to be safe.”
Test, Test, Test… the new government mantra.
Makes sense to me!