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Old 03-22-2020, 11:20 AM
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Is there a reason for people who are already self-quarantining to be tested?


Yes, more information is better than less information, for the science and predictive aspects.

What I don't understand is the furor over not having enough test kits to test the vast majority of the population RIGHT NOW. What's the importance of testing people with mild to middling symptoms who are already basically in quarantine?

It's not like there is a magic cure that must be given within X days of symptoms appearing in order to greatly increase your chances of recovery, is there?

The impression I've gotten is that if you have basically an 'ordinary' case, with symptoms like low level fever, muscle aches, sneezing, congestion, and you get tested, then one of these two things happen:

The test comes back negative, and you have an ordinary cold or flu. The doctor tells you to stay home, avoid contact with other people, get lots of rest, drink fluids, eat sensibly, and wait for your body to heal itself.

The test comes back positive, so you have the corona virus. The doctor tells you to stay home, avoid contact with other people, get lots of rest, drink fluids, eat sensibly, and wait for your body to heal itself.

The only difference is that in the first case you may be a little less worried (and you shouldn't be too worried anyway, because all along they've said mild cases just pass in a week or two.) Stay home and the only people you can expose are those in your house and they'll no doubt already have been exposed to what you were carrying for days before the symptoms appeared.

(Well, I guess in the second case you can justifiably buy a "I beat the Corona Virus' t-shirt.)


Yes, there are people who should be tested, the people whose jobs force them into close contact with a lot of other people. And those unfortunates who get really bad cases and need to enter the hospital where the doctors will need to know what exactly they are testing for.

But what's the point of testing tens of thousands of ordinary people who are following the isolation rules and just have coughs and such no worse than any other flu?
 

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