Wow, what a scary ordeal, but I am SO glad you are negative!!! I have to say, I am so surprised how differently these tests are done across the country. I have been tested twice here in MA. Once because I had a DVT blood clot, and aince they have seen some strange clotting problems with Covid, they wanted to rule that out. (It was not Covid) and the second time, I had an off and on fever for almost 10 days. I also tested negative then, though Iím not positive I actually WAS negative that time.
However, it was easy for me to get tested both times. It was a drive-up testing site at a hospital both times (different hospitals each time) in both cases it was a nasal swab. While it goes WAY up into your nasal passage, (feels like itís tickling your brain!) the test that they use here is a VERY narrow little swab. I wouldnít call it any more than mildly uncomfortable. It was certainly no worse than flu or Strep tests Iíve had in the past. I just thought Iíd say that so that people arenít afraid to get tested if they think they need it. Itís not always a terrible experience. Oh, and here in MA, I got my results in less than 24 hours both times. That seems to be standard turn-around rime here... I know that is NOT the case in CA right now... I know they are having a real problem with backlog right now.
And... I WISH they would make it LAW that people have to wear masks everwhere. It is law in MA. Thatís the good news. The bad news is that we are now in Phase 3 now too. Now our governor has not allowed the opening of bars (and wonít) but both restaurants with indoor seating and fitness places, both with certain precautions, are allowed to be open.
And I am REALLY worried that we are are going to see the same thing happen as happened in CA. Yes, our governor was more cautious, and waied longer to reopen, partially because we had to beat back a much larger surge in the spring, but we DID that. We got numbers REALLY low. And now, even though people are being pretty good about masks, we ARE seeing cases creeping up. Most of that is in tourist area, where people are coming in from out of state (not surprising) but I see people being less cautious. I donít understand it. What do people think? That this virus is all of a sudden less dangerous? I donít get it...
I still can't believe how hard getting tested STILL is in the US!
As for "what are they thinking"
1) I won't get it
2) It's not that bad
3) even if I do get it, I won't get that sick
4) masks are uncomfortable
5) All that matters is that I'm uncomfortable, who cares about everyone else, I'm not wearing it.
And in addition to all of the problems it's causing there, it also is resulting in a lot of other countries closing their borders to US residents. It's one of the things we have to consider right now for us - when we leave here in November, where do we go - because as soon as we touch down on US soil, we will basically be trapped there - we still have options on where to go before that (since it's linked to US residence/ not passport), but because people can't follow basic scientific advice, no one else wants US residents to visit them.
Popi - I'm glad the two of you were negative.