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Author Topic: At home Covid tests  (Read 9743 times)

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At home Covid tests
« on: January 14, 2022, 05:17:09 PM »
Starting Wednesday, one can order 4 free at home tests.

https://www.covidtests.gov/

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2022, 06:16:07 PM »
Is that a 1 time order of 4 tests?  Looks like it.

File this in the "look, we are doing something" section of performative covid theater.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2022, 06:53:26 PM »
This was done so poorly.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2022, 09:17:36 PM »
This was done so poorly.

!!!!!   Are manslaughter charges justified??

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2022, 02:31:24 PM »
If by Wednesday, you mean Tuesday
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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2022, 02:38:19 PM »
If by Wednesday, you mean Tuesday
Thanks for the heads up a day early. Now if I could only figure out a way to get more by "registering" fictitious people. Maybe a politician or two know how to do that

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2022, 03:10:05 PM »
Thanks for the heads up a day early. Now if I could only figure out a way to get more by "registering" fictitious people. Maybe a politician or two know how to do that

It's gonna be harder to get a second order of these things than it is to get an absentee ballot.
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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2022, 03:21:01 PM »
This was done so poorly.

+1.  This is so much less effective than just like, making them available and cheap at any pharmacy. 

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2022, 03:36:07 PM »
+1.  This is so much less effective than just like, making them available and cheap at any pharmacy.

Except then the people here would complain because they have to go out in the cold and drive somewhere to get them.

We are a nation of whiny babies.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2022, 03:43:49 PM »
Ludum habemus.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2022, 04:02:44 PM »
Except then the people here would complain because they have to go out in the cold and drive somewhere to get them.

We are a nation of whiny babies.

I guess.  This just seems like a lot of bureacracy and inefficient allocation of limited supply.  How many of these tests will get shipped and then never used?  And does this mean that supply to pharmacies will be scarce longer?  Subsidizing these tests and doing everything we can to encourage production is a good thing, but just have them available for people when they need them.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2022, 04:33:04 PM »
I'm going to order my allotment mostly so I can share with family and friends that might need them in a pinch when tests are not otherwise readily available.  Having said that, I hope they do go to waste.
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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2022, 04:51:23 PM »
I ordered them, but .. it'd be rare I'd use them and not get a "real" test.

Case in point, though.  My 15 year old got his booster and the next day had a fever, was weak.   So .. of course that seems like a side effect, but he's at school and it's guaranteed there's a few cases walking around each day.

So would I would have used a rapid test on him just for a little mental comfort.  (He was fine the next day, so it was side-effects.)

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2022, 06:50:26 PM »
I guess.  This just seems like a lot of bureacracy and inefficient allocation of limited supply.  How many of these tests will get shipped and then never used?  And does this mean that supply to pharmacies will be scarce longer?  Subsidizing these tests and doing everything we can to encourage production is a good thing, but just have them available for people when they need them.

This.

Produce the tests. Get them out to public access. Make them available for folks who need/when needed.

But this whole process seems like folks will order who don't need them then sit on them letting them go to waste.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2022, 07:13:55 PM »
I thought Trump and DeVos shut down the postal service?

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2022, 07:20:13 PM »
I thought Trump and DeVos shut down the postal service?

Shut Trump down before they could do that. Thank god.
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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2022, 07:51:29 PM »
Shut Trump down before they could do that. Thank god.
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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2022, 09:15:51 PM »
Good thing too!  Joe’s got that place running like a well oiled machine!
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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2022, 09:26:26 PM »
This.

Produce the tests. Get them out to public access. Make them available for folks who need/when needed.

But this whole process seems like folks will order who don't need them then sit on them letting them go to waste.

Although I'm not a huge fan of the current plan, what other alternatives are there.

People were buying available supplies in bulk to resell online. Some stores were limiting the number of purchase, but they also didn't want to police who already bought some that day, so most people who needed/wanted them couldn't get any.

This at least allows each household to get some now.

The problem is, people are selfish. If people just bought when they needed them instead of seeing a chance to make a profit online, we would never have had a problem.

Basically, Americans suck.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2022, 12:10:35 AM »
Was in NJ over the weekend visiting my sister in law.  She asks us to stop by their local pharmacy on our way to grab lunch cause they have COVID tests.  Considering we can’t find any of note in Wisconsin, we were surprised they had plenty. Pop in, they don’t have Binax or any of the reputable tests. Just a generic one neither my wife and I had ever heard of.  Ok, fine, we’ll take 2 boxes…oh wait, this kind proprietor is charging $49.99 each.  FOH

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2022, 06:51:22 AM »
Can’t wait for all of the, “I requested the tests early on, but it’s been weeks and still…nothing!”
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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2022, 06:53:35 AM »
Can’t wait for all of the, “I requested the tests early on, but it’s been weeks and still…nothing!”

Yep. I am pretty sure that will end up being the case. People are going to have these in their closets for years.
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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2022, 10:12:14 AM »
Can’t wait for all of the, “I requested the tests early on, but it’s been weeks and still…nothing!”

When I tested positive for covid freodtert sent out an email stating I would receive a care package to help me through.

That email came 3 days after I tested positive, the delivery date was for 4 days after that email. And then it never came.  ::)

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2022, 11:48:58 AM »
Although I'm not a huge fan of the current plan, what other alternatives are there.

People were buying available supplies in bulk to resell online. Some stores were limiting the number of purchase, but they also didn't want to police who already bought some that day, so most people who needed/wanted them couldn't get any.

This at least allows each household to get some now.

The problem is, people are selfish. If people just bought when they needed them instead of seeing a chance to make a profit online, we would never have had a problem.

Basically, Americans suck.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2022, 12:30:09 PM »
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/19/politics/senior-citizens-medicare-free-covid-tests-retailers/index.html

I’m not sure what the deal is with why Medicare isn’t part of the free home test program, but surely CNN could have found better examples for why it needs to be included than at least two of the people interviewed in this article? One guy is running around like Covid doesn’t exist, and the other lady is traveling internationally. Not exactly poster children for people who really could use the benefit financially.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2022, 03:36:51 PM »
Basically, Americans suck.

This isn't a USA USA USA! chant moment, but when given the chance, nearly all people of varying race/culture/creed will be selfish when it comes to self interest.  People praised the selflessness of Asian cultures when it came to masks and social protocol, but there are myriad other instances of shameless selfishness when it comes to them culturally and social standards.

No country is a utopia and the US has countless blights and reputational black eyes that should be remedied, but by and large, in my experience, the people that think the US/Americans are shockingly horrible on an individual basis, either haven't experienced much elsewhere or just view them in a selectively rosy lens.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2022, 08:57:10 PM »
This isn't a USA USA USA! chant moment, but when given the chance, nearly all people of varying race/culture/creed will be selfish when it comes to self interest.  People praised the selflessness of Asian cultures when it came to masks and social protocol, but there are myriad other instances of shameless selfishness when it comes to them culturally and social standards.

No country is a utopia and the US has countless blights and reputational black eyes that should be remedied, but by and large, in my experience, the people that think the US/Americans are shockingly horrible on an individual basis, either haven't experienced much elsewhere or just view them in a selectively rosy lens.

Or hating America is cool and edgy in some circles.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2022, 10:58:58 PM »
Or hating America is cool and edgy in some circles.

Totally agree. I hate America so much, I’m going to storm the capital!

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2022, 06:03:08 AM »
Or hating America is cool and edgy in some circles.

I don't hate the USA, but that doesn't mean we suck as a people a lot of the time.

I guess that makes me edgy and cool in your eyes?

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2022, 07:30:40 AM »
Totally agree. I hate America so much, I’m going to storm the capital!

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #30 on: January 20, 2022, 09:50:44 PM »
This isn't a USA USA USA! chant moment, but when given the chance, nearly all people of varying race/culture/creed will be selfish when it comes to self interest.  People praised the selflessness of Asian cultures when it came to masks and social protocol, but there are myriad other instances of shameless selfishness when it comes to them culturally and social standards.

No country is a utopia and the US has countless blights and reputational black eyes that should be remedied, but by and large, in my experience, the people that think the US/Americans are shockingly horrible on an individual basis, either haven't experienced much elsewhere or just view them in a selectively rosy lens.

And as systems go, I’ll take the messiness and potential abuses that go with freedom over the abuses people suffer when they abrogate that freedom for what the people in power assure them is for the good of the collective.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2022, 10:20:31 PM »
And as systems go, I’ll take the messiness and potential abuses that go with freedom over the abuses people suffer when they abrogate that freedom for what the people in power assure them is for the good of the collective.

Oh, so the US?

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2022, 11:03:53 PM »
Oh, so the US?

Generally speaking, no.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #33 on: January 21, 2022, 09:43:26 AM »
I don't hate the USA, but that doesn't mean we suck as a people a lot of the time.

I guess that makes me edgy and cool in your eyes?

This was what I meant in my post. Jwags is right that in many parts of the world, people suck too.

To me the difference is we pretend to be better than everyone else, when in reality, in many cases we are the same, and in some cases worse.

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2022, 12:42:12 PM »
Totally agree. I hate America so much, I’m going to storm the capital!

Is that similar to the Capitol?
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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #35 on: January 21, 2022, 05:41:16 PM »
Is that similar to the Capitol?

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #36 on: January 21, 2022, 05:56:44 PM »
I see you're a member of the thin blue line.

Only the thin blue line know difference between the Capitol and the capital? How depressing!

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Re: At home Covid tests
« Reply #37 on: January 21, 2022, 06:55:59 PM »
Only the thin blue line know difference between the Capitol and the capital? How depressing!

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