To Test or Not to Test and Who Gets to Choose

Practically naked bodies on beaches with no masks or social distancing.  That is what I saw across the country as states rolled back their quarantines.  The health officials, disturbed by the lack of care, prescribed that people involved in these activities get a COVID test.  I don’t know if any of them did or not or if they could.

Protesters with masks and attempts at social distancing.  That is what I saw across the country as George Floyd demonstrations occurred.  The health officials, disturbed by the possible contact between folks, prescribed that people involved in these activities get a COVID test.  I don’t know if any of them did or not or if they could.

Test people the White House Task Force said.  Test people the doctors and nurses said.  Test people, test people, test people.  So, we didn’t.  Why?  There are not enough tests.  Depending on whether you are using state or federal statistics, the CDC has settled on the number of 22,050,891 for coronavirus tests that have been conducted nationwide as of June 10.  In 2019 the population of the United States was 328.2 million.  (minus the 114,000 who have died from COVID and those who have died from other causes, and on the good side, the number of babies born)

Why aren’t there more tests when there is obviously an urgent need?  That is not what I am writing about.  I want to know who decides who offers and who receives a test.  I have a personal case in point.  I was one of those protesters on June 6.  That was a Saturday and on Monday I contacted Kaiser Permanente about getting a test.  I pay a premium for my care through them other than Medicare.  They are devoted to prevention of health issues.  However, even though I am in an at-risk group because of my age, I could not get a test.  I had no symptoms, no fever or chills, no cough, no shortness of breath, no loss of appetite or taste, no unusual fatigue and on and on.  I assume they know about asymptomatic COVID and the fact that being in contact with such a person could be literally a death warrant.  My doctor told me to quarantine for 14 days as though I haven’t been quarantining for months.

However, I found that LHI, National Institute of Health, supported by Placer County doesn’t demand that you be ill.  At the Rocklin Branch of the County Library I got a test.  I went in, answered questions, took the test and was out in less than ten minutes.  I have no idea what the test result time would be at Kaiser, but it is 48 to 72 hours for the test I took.  (Places to get a test in Placer County)  Who determines who gets the tests, why, and how they are used?

And, in closing, I want to point out what a wimp our president is.  He shook his head and said how bad it was to take the test, very bad.  He has never had a mammogram, obviously.  The COVID test was comfortable, but not very bad.

Do you know who determines who gets the tests, why and how they are used?

 

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