Thursday, December 23, 2021


The work Christmas Party last weekend provided a surprise: one of us is infected. Four of my coworkers have had tests which were negative, the fifth person I have not heard about yet. Because there are NO convenient walk-in rapid test sites anywhere near me -- every one of them require appointments AND promise results after 24 to 48 hours -- I used the BinaxNow Covid19 Antigen Self-Test from Abbot Labs yesterday evening (having only read my e-mail after dinner). Result: Negative. Covid 19 was NOT detected.

So I have a more than reasonable presumption of being clean.
And yes, I'm feeling 100% okay.

Naturally I hope the afflicted colleague who attended the party is doing fine and will have a speedy recovery.

Cite from the FDA (
"Negative results should be treated as presumptive and confirmation with a molecular assay, if necessary for patient management, may be performed. Negative results do not rule out SARSCoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions. Negative results should be considered in the context of an individual’s recent exposures, history and the presence of clinical signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19."
End cite.

Instructions are clear and easy, and there is a youtube video ( which is even clearer, for those individuals who feel challenged by small print when in a hurry. As one naturally might be. Results in fifteen minutes.

Using the nasal swab is kind of like stirring a cup of tea.

Again: four coworkers negative, home test result ditto.
And feeling quite full of piss and vinegar.
That's a good thing, by the way.

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