Surreal Parallel

Well, I've made it one week into Omicron School  and so far (knock on wood, lots and lots of wood) I've avoided the COVID. Kids have been out, staff has been out, and in one surreal moment last week we handed out rapid testing kits to students to take home to their families. 

One student asked, "how do you know if you're positive or not?" I examined their box (because of course kits weren't handed out to teachers, and the low accuracy rate of the rapid tests wasn't addressed), and saw the lines... 

"Well, it looks like if there's one line it's negative, sheet two it's positive, if it's anything like a pregnancy test." A girl squealed "oh my GOD!" and I said, "What? A second line means it detects something. One line means it wasn't detected. True with pregnancy, true with COVID too, I guess." 

I then wondered if you leave it out too long if you can get an evap line that fools you into thinking it's positive when it's not. Or if the first snot of the day yields stronger results. I saw something in my Google feed about a faint line meaning you should test again a day or two later. 

Ugh, ugh, ugh. Not enjoying the parallels. 

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  1. Omg, I also made the parallel when I saw pictures of the take home Covid tests. Glad it wasn’t just me. Both kids and teachers got them at our schools.

    Our first week back was cancelled so this was our first day back. I’m mostly fatalist at this point and just grateful for every day that’s not a complete hot mess.

  2. I thought the same thing! The twins took their first test last week and left them on the table to develop. And I kept looking at them thinking they were like two pregnancy tests, just there... to bother me.

  3. Oh, the memories. Yup, I am not looking forward to that either.

  4. I hadn't been able to pinpoint why I have a visceral reaction to the thought of a home test, but thanks to YOUR awareness, now I know.

  5. Now you have me wondering if it would be better if the covid test was also pee-based, or if HCG could be detected in snot...

  6. Yes if you leave them out too long, then it's possible to see a second line! Plus you can get false positives