Crosby & Phoebe

Welcome to testing at home-antigen.

If you usually ignore these posts in your inbox, take a minute and actually read this in your web-browser. There are several links that will provide you with more information on testing, symptoms and what the next 10 months will continue to look like as Covid-19 continues to change our world. Be safe, Be tested, especially if you are not on board with the vaccination program.

Friend Z: HI – JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I’VE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID. I KNOW YOU USE THAT APP FOR CLOSE CONTACTS, BUT I DON’T. I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A HEADS UP SO YOU COULD FOLLOW THE CORRECT PROTOCOL.

Me: HEY – SORRY TO HEAR THAT, HOW ARE YOU FEELING? APPRECIATE THE INFO, LOOKS LIKE WALGREENS IS IN MY FUTURE.

A recent text conversation

Welcome to the world of contact tracing. How was your recent holiday celebration? Did you gather with the friends and family that you missed last year? Did you have a friendsgiving? Did you have to attend more than one family event? Did you ask if the kids were in school and how their in person schooling was going? Did everybody stay socially distanced and eat in their family pods? How well ventilated was your gathering–windows and doors and fans and filters? Maybe a holiday in the south is a little safer assuming y’all do it outside in the open air.

Did you remember to order your party pack of rapid Covid-19 tests so everybody could test in their vehicles before celebrating indoors? In less than 10 minutes you could see how safe your gathering could be in 2021, compared to 2020. Since Saturday, I’ve now taken two antigen tests. At this time both have come back negative for Covid-19. I’ve learned to use the app that supports the tests and it actually keeps a record of my testing. Why would I want this? Let’s wait and see how the new travel ban and travel test requirements develop with the new variant.

I was talking to a friend today and reminded her of my Covid-marathon commitment, prediction and fears back in January of 2020. I was just getting ready to start a new work-place role, possibly travel out of state for onboarding and team-building right as the lockdowns began. First we had the great pause. All of our busy-ness stopped. There were some of us who really found a groove with the at-home world and adapted very easily. Morning workouts on the bike, breakfast and dinner at home with dog walks in between. I really feel like Crosby had the best part of the pandemic with both humans wrapped around her little Elkhound paw.

In realizing that most people don’t grasp the magnitude of the pandemic, let’s continue on with the testing and contact tracing. The test that I’ve been using even markets a party pack of tests for these specific gatherings. If you are planning to hang out you really may want to think about testing even if your entire party is vaccinated. The breakthrough cases now make it possible for all of us to still get Covid-19 and feel pretty sick. These gatherings and everybody going back to normal also give us an opportunity to catch the common cold. After 18 months of isolation our immunity to the common cold is a little lower than it used to be. . .

Get a test with an app at your local drugmart- Big Bird, CVS, Walgreens.

Install the app. Use it to give you the step by step instructions.

Wait the proper amount of time for the official reading and then you will know.

These at home tests are antigen tests. What does this mean?

In reading up about these tests, it appears our government is planning to continue using these through September of 2022. Embrace your long haul mindset.

So what do tests do if I just caught a cold? They rule out Covid-19.

While COVID-19 symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure to SARS-CoV-2, symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus.
There’s no cure for the common cold. Treatment may include pain relievers and over-the-counter cold remedies, such as decongestants. Unlike COVID-19, a cold is usually harmless. Most people recover from a common cold in three to 10 days, although some colds may last as long as two or three weeks.

OK, so thanks to at-home-testing and contact tracing, I’m still showing Covid-19 negative but based on this little research apparently the common cold did not miss me.

The lesson from this exercise is pick up tests. Use them if you are going to gather with friends or trave this holiday season. We have the tools available, please put them in your toolbox. It is better to know than to be ignorant.

Please share your testing stories by adding a comment.

If you are planning to travel for the holiday, think of using these tests to be in the know. If you are traveling out of the country be ready for the testing protocol to go back to the PCR tests with the omicron variant.

If you are hosting a gathering indoors, now’s the time to upgrade your indoor air quality with a box fan, 4 air filters and packing tape. Check out this video. . .

One comment

  1. Sorry to hear that you have Lindsey’s cold – so do I, but so far Tom has avoided her and my germs. Masks, distancing, testing, vaccinations are a new way of life.

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