One way to help prevent the spread and provide more accurate reporting is by regularly testing for COVID19.
COVID is very real. It's up to us to do our part to stop the spread. Stay up-to-date on current regulations, news, and data from credible news sources.
DOES IT HURT?
Nope! The testing apparatus is the cross between a feather and a q-tip, which is swabbed in circles in each nostril for 10 seconds each side. Ian & others have said it makes their eyes water or sneeze, but not for me.
HOW LONG DID YOU WAIT?
To Be Tested: The wait time in the hospital was 20 minutes the first time, 40 minutes the second time. I recommend going at 10am, not right when they open or right before the lunch break, if you want to avoid a 40 minute wait time.
For Results: Both times I went, I received my results in 24-30 hours. You have to sign up for a MyChart account (info is sent to your email when you sign in at the hospital) to receive test results to your email; regardless, a nurse will call you with your results.
WHEN ARE YOU TESTING?
Although I am not wanting to overwhelm the system, the official statement is that there are enough tests and you should be getting tested regardless of if you are symptomatic/at increased risk. I am getting tested if/when I leave NYC (for camping, etc.), and I know some of you need test results to show to access your school's campus or your offices. The test is easy, painless, and free, and it's helpful to contribute to the official state numbers.
Although it feels great to not have COVID, it also feels great to abide by social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and only spend time with friends outdoors! Remember, your feelings and emotions can actually be incongruent to what is actually safe, so it's important to listen to official science & data. We know so much more now than we did in March, which is why it's so important to stay up to date on your news!
WHY NOT URGENT CARE?
Depending on where you live, urgent care may be fine. I, however, live in a lower SES neighborhood, which means healthcare isn’t prioritized to my neighbors because #racism (yep, calling it out because it’s important!). That means the lines for urgent cares are HOURS long. However, I have friends in higher SES neighborhoods who didn’t even wait at all (to be seen; they still had to wait 7!!! DAYS! FOR RESULTS!). I waited 2 hours for my antibody test and our results came a week later.
BUT JULIANNE, SHOULD I GET AN ANTIBODY TEST TOO? Reminder that an antibody is basically like the trophy your body receives for fighting off the enemy (aka an antigen, aka COVID!). If you didn’t fight off COVID (or in my case, were incredibly exposed to COVID-positive folks), your body would not have produced antibodies in response, so I don’t see why you should get an antibody test – and for some perspective, living with a COVID positive boyfriend, my antibody test yielded negative results.
BUT JULIANNE!! WILL I GET COVID IN THE HOSPITAL?
There is no data showing this. On the contrary, the data shows that the likelihood of anyone testing with you who is COVID positive is below 0.5%. So that means if I was in a room of 200 people, 1 person would be positive. The waiting room has ~ 15 people, and they are constantly rotating out; so think about it: no prolonged exposure, everyone is required to wear a mask covering nose + mouth, and social distancing is required.
If you have any questions or need assistance as to where you can find more information, drop a comment below or send me an email or DM. I am always available to talk about how we can get over this pandemic together. Have you been tested? I'd love to hear your experience - please share where and how it went below!