So I had a runny nose and sore throat. Nothing out of the ordinary for a person usually riddled with sinus symptoms at this time of the year – but 2020 is different, right? This is not the same world where sinus sufferers, cold catchers and nasal drip casualties are used to soldiering on. This is an alternate universe where even mild-mannered cold or flu-like symptoms can lead to much bigger and injurious consequences.
Any of you following the pandemic on social media will recognise some of these complaints: “My COVID-19 test results took so long to get.” “The test is painful.” “I had to wait in line for ages.”
My story is completely different. I had a COVID-19 test and this is how it rolled. First, I looked online for a testing centre close by. Elanora House next to Rosebud Hospital hit the spot. Called the hospital for details. Upon arrival, a friendly security guard asked me if I had any symptoms through my half-open window, then I was asked to park my car and wait. Within minutes an upbeat nurse delivered some paperwork and asked me some basic questions from a safe distance. Too easy.
The next step involved me waving my completed forms in the luminous sky to notify the nurse I had finished, then a bit of Facebook fluttering and magazine meandering to fill in a couple of minutes before a completely necessary yet decidedly underwhelming streamlined procedure that went like this:
Apply hand sanitiser before walking through a doorway. Walk into a room and stand on a cross in the corner. Wait. Walk down a hall to a room with one nurse stationed in full PPE. Sit. Have throat swabbed. Have nostrils swabbed. Leave through the back exit. Stay home until results come through.
The whole testing process took about 15 minutes, but here’s the kicker – I got my negative results the next day. Relief? Yes! Fast turnaround? Too right!
Our dedicated frontline medical staff are the bomb, and I say thank you. So wear your mask. Take the test. Isolate. Be patient. And quit complaining. ‘Nuff said.