The Power of Negativity

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And the results are in….NEGATIVE!

Yesterday I had to take a COVID-19 test in preparation for a surgical procedure on Thursday. I was pretty sure I’d be negative. I’ve had no fever, have worn my mask, maintained 6′, etc., but you never know.

I think for many of us over the last few months, even a sniffle or a tickle in the throat is cause for worry. Is it allergies or the plague? Do I need a ventilator or a Ricola? There is a pervasive anxiety that only a test can allay.

It is nice to know that I do not have the virus, but I realize that the test yesterday is only one snapshot in time. I could be exposed today (God forbid) and not even know it. The anxiety does not disappear. What is the case to be made for repeated testing?

As I said, although I expected it to come back negative, it is still a relief. Here’s hoping that many more of us follow the CDC recommendations so that we can turn this thing around. Let’s hope for as much negativity as possible!

My COVID-19 Test

Michigan National Guard conducts COVID-19 testing in Marquette

Today I had to get a COVID-19 test in preparation for a surgical procedure on Thursday. So what was it like?

The picture above pretty much sums it up. I had my test at the Cleveland Clinic main campus and somehow thought I would be going inside to do it. My GPS brought me to the main campus and as I was close to the address that they had given me I began to see signs by the side of the street pointing to the testing site. It was around one corner, around another, around another and then I saw the line of cars in a parking lot. “Not too bad,” I thought. Maybe 6 or 7 cars in front of me. A Cleveland Clinic Traffic Police Officer directed 3 cars at a time into a parking garage so I thought this would be relatively quick. I also realized that the test would be done while I was still in my car. I was finally directed into the parking garage and (as happens at Disney parks), there was another line inside. This line was for check-in. Once check-in was completed, there was another line. Finally, three cars were called ahead to three spaces inside the garage where I finally got the test.

It literally took about 5 seconds. It was not enjoyable. I felt like I wanted to sneeze, but it was not the least bit painful. It happened so quickly that there wasn’t enough time to process it.

20 or so minutes in line for a 5 second test. Given everything that is going on in our country and how the numbers are spiking in Ohio, I am grateful that it was this easy. I know that there are places in our nation where accessibility is a much greater issue.

Now I wait for 24-48 hours for my results. I am symptom-free and I have to get my temperature taken every time I walk into the building to work–so far without any issues. I expect that my result will be negative, but it is altogether possible that I have the virus and am simply asymptomatic. I am hoping for the best, and thankful that a test exists.

I will keep you posted. In the meantime, stay safe–distance yourself, wear your mask, and wash your hands!