Last week, I decided to take the plunge and get both Covid-19 tests – nasal congestion and blood tests for antibodies. I have not experienced any symptoms but was worried about asymptomatic spread because I have immune system relatives and friends.
The experience was quite simple. The wait was not long and I was introduced to a small room and answered some basic questions about my health – prescription drugs, tobacco and alcohol use, height, weight and allergies.
The sample from the nasal congestion came first and was mercifully short. The staff put an alarmingly long cotton swab in the water in each of my nostrils. It felt like I had inhaled a large amount of gout into my nose. It was quite uncomfortable ̵1; a little higher up she could have reached my frontal lobe – but mercifully it was only a few seconds of discomfort.
Compared to that, the blood test of antibodies was a moment. The whole process took less than ten minutes. Now I just have to wait for the results. Fingers crossed.
And you? Have you taken the test? Would you? Let us know in the comments!
Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter looking for hidden gems and unsung (or unsung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Start Me Started” puts a weird new spin on Old School New York City every week. Send your suggestions for open threads to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.