OK, can someone explain to me how this COVID testing works? You stand for 15 minutes with a bunch of unmasked people who are all actively spitting into an uncovered container. It takes forever to fill the container because after 2 hours in a warm, cramped space people get dehydrated and the saliva doesn’t come easily.
You are not allowed to close the container between spits. Some people shake theirs. When you are done, you stand around for additional ten minutes with the open container while the unmasked people around you are still actively spitting into theirs. The nurse grabs the container, gives it a vigorous shake and only then closes it.
I thought this is an aerosol virus that spreads around in invisible particles. How is this scenario not the perfect way to infect as many people as possible and make sure one positive sample infects everybody else’s? Why aren’t we allowed to close the containers between spits? I’m a bit of a hypochondriac and I’m now getting anxiety.
Everybody here knows that I’m not unduly preoccupied with getting infected. But I’ve got to tell you, folks, that situation didn’t feel safe. Forget COVID. We are in the respiratory illness season. How is this not a high-risk situation?
Right now I want to be reassured there’s something I don’t understand about the testing or the way the virus spreads.