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My youngest son's ordeal with Covid

This past Saturday my youngest son came down with symptoms of coughing, sneezing, fever, etc. My wife is a nurse and was 50/50 on whether it could be Covid-19. His elementary school would not let him attend until he passed a Covid-19 test.

My wife scheduled a test with our local Walgreens and the earliest appointment was today at 12:15. On Monday his school secretary called to inform me that the local Walmart caries over-the-counter rapid result tests.

So, my son, Brutus (our dog) and I went out to get one. Of course, they had sold out and wouldn't be getting more in for another week.

My son has been remote learning, missing his teacher/friends, worried about having Covid-19. If he were to test positive then he'd have to miss school for at least 10 days. He's been a little worried and sad.

Today he had his test and the results came back negative! We are all so very relieved.

14 comments

  1. [12]
    Algernon_Asimov
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    So, strictly speaking, the title of this post should read "my youngest son's ordeal with symptoms that we were scared might have been COVID but weren't". :) I've done 3 of those home tests in the...

    Today he had his test and the results came back negative!

    So, strictly speaking, the title of this post should read "my youngest son's ordeal with symptoms that we were scared might have been COVID but weren't". :)

    I've done 3 of those home tests in the past 10 days, because of two separate COVID scares (all negative). Since the rapid results tests became available to buy here, about 6 weeks ago, I always keep a COVID test in the house. You never know when you'll need one.

    12 votes
    1. [11]
      suspended
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      You don't like my clickbait title? :P That's wise and I'll pick a couple of them up once they are restocked.

      You don't like my clickbait title? :P

      I always keep a COVID test in the house. You never know when you'll need one.

      That's wise and I'll pick a couple of them up once they are restocked.

      8 votes
      1. [9]
        monarda
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        I was able to buy the Abbot BinaxNOW online from Walmart for $14. I ordered 6 kits (total of 12 tests) just last week.

        I was able to buy the Abbot BinaxNOW online from Walmart for $14. I ordered 6 kits (total of 12 tests) just last week.

        3 votes
        1. [8]
          monarda
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          Never mind - Just checked and they are out of stock.

          Never mind - Just checked and they are out of stock.

          1 vote
          1. [7]
            kfwyre
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            cc: @suspended I’ve found they tend to restock on Sunday mornings. That’s when I usually order mine.

            cc: @suspended

            I’ve found they tend to restock on Sunday mornings. That’s when I usually order mine.

            3 votes
            1. [5]
              HotPants
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              Good lord, how many have you bought.

              Good lord, how many have you bought.

              4 votes
              1. [4]
                kfwyre
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                I checked my account and I'm at 18 boxes so far, but not all of those have been for me and my husband (we've given some out to friends and family). We both work in high exposure jobs, so we test...

                I checked my account and I'm at 18 boxes so far, but not all of those have been for me and my husband (we've given some out to friends and family). We both work in high exposure jobs, so we test ourselves if we're feeling off, and we also test before any in-person meetup with friends/family.

                4 votes
                1. [3]
                  HotPants
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                  holy crap! do you follow up with a second test a day or two later?

                  holy crap!

                  do you follow up with a second test a day or two later?

                  1 vote
                  1. [2]
                    kfwyre
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                    No. I know we’re supposed to, but we treat them as a one and done.

                    No. I know we’re supposed to, but we treat them as a one and done.

                    3 votes
                    1. HotPants
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                      I'm with you on that one.

                      I'm with you on that one.

                      2 votes
      2. Algernon_Asimov
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        I have to do the same. I used my last home test this morning. I need to go shopping for another pack tomorrow (they're sold in packs of 2).

        That's wise and I'll pick a couple of them up once they are restocked.

        I have to do the same. I used my last home test this morning. I need to go shopping for another pack tomorrow (they're sold in packs of 2).

        3 votes
  2. [2]
    HotPants
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    I bought various tests, for exactly this reason. There is no such thing as an instant test that I have seen. If you follow instant test protocols correctly, you are supposed to test twice over...

    I bought various tests, for exactly this reason. There is no such thing as an instant test that I have seen. If you follow instant test protocols correctly, you are supposed to test twice over 36-48 hours, and only the second test is considered negative.

    That said, each test is something like 80% reliable, which is probably good enough to reduce R to below 1 if everyone used it in conjunction with masks and social distancing etc.

    7 votes
    1. skybrian
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      That’s what the directions say to pass the FDA (and that’s why they come in two packs) but I don’t think they always do that in other countries. For example, it looks like in the UK they come in...

      That’s what the directions say to pass the FDA (and that’s why they come in two packs) but I don’t think they always do that in other countries.

      For example, it looks like in the UK they come in packs of 7 and they ask people to take them every day for a week if they come in contact with someone who tests positive. But nobody’s going to do that in the US, at the prices we pay.

      3 votes