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(Some Guy)   Testing Testing, is this thing on? Oh it's on with eight more free COVID-19 at home kits in the U.S   (covid.gov) divider line
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2022-05-16 9:21:15 PM  
Thank you subby.
 
2022-05-17 12:05:22 AM  
Thanks subby, I've gone through a few kits just in the past week due to outbreaks, needed to stock up some more!
 
2022-05-17 12:06:02 AM  
I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.
 
2022-05-17 12:12:15 AM  
Meanwhile, instead of some accredited institution collecting and submitting your data, you're free to skip the test or claim a negative.  Or take it and claim a negative.

It's for people who want to help, not for people who don't want to help.
 
2022-05-17 12:13:16 AM  
Just signed up for mine.  Sorry doomjesse, nothing personal.
 
2022-05-17 12:14:24 AM  

recondite cetacean: Meanwhile, instead of some accredited institution collecting and submitting your data, you're free to skip the test or claim a negative.  Or take it and claim a negative.

It's for people who want to help, not for people who don't want to help.


Wat?
 
2022-05-17 12:14:47 AM  

doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.


I'm sorry I only empty my mailbox once a month.
/you do really good work stuffing it all in there!
 
2022-05-17 12:16:02 AM  

doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.


Hates us all, check.
USPS employee, check.
Username contains the word "doom", check.

You're stroking a gun right now, aren't you? ;)

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2022-05-17 12:18:39 AM  

doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.



Now it's double the fun!
 
2022-05-17 12:21:10 AM  

doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.


Wait. DeJoy didn't sell all the trucks for scrap?

/already have the two previous free kits sitting unused this far so not inclined to get more
 
2022-05-17 12:28:05 AM  
Thanks, subby!

I've only had to use one out of the first batch, but they're super useful to have around. I have 2 kids in elementary school, and the nurse wants test results if a student is out with a fever. Prior to getting the kits, I had to take both of my girls to the drive-thru test thing at the local rural health clinic, which wasn't exactly "local" for me.
 
2022-05-17 12:29:34 AM  

recondite cetacean: Meanwhile, instead of some accredited institution collecting and submitting your data, you're free to skip the test or claim a negative.  Or take it and claim a negative.

It's for people who want to help, not for people who don't want to help.


I've never seen a place that requires a test to enter that will accept an at-home test and not the PCR one done in a lab, so there's literally no reason to claim a negative result if you test positive, and therefore no reason to use one of these kits unless you actually want a correct answer, and intend to act accordingly. So yeah, these are only helping.

That said, the PCR ones are more accurate, so if you have reasonable access to a drive-through testing site, I'd recommend that over the home kit (though it may be good to get one batch of the at-home kits, since there's danger of the fund that runs the drive-through sites running out as Republicans are trying to stop their funding from being renewed, at which point they're all you have).
 
2022-05-17 12:30:08 AM  
FWIW, Washington State will also mail out a bunch of free home test kits to you every month if you request them:
https://sayyescovidhometest.org/
 
2022-05-17 12:33:39 AM  
So its going to be another lo-fi summer at home? Damn.
 
2022-05-17 12:34:10 AM  

doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.


It's literally your job. To deliver stuff. It doesn't matter what it is. It's your job.
 
2022-05-17 12:37:34 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.

It's literally your job. To deliver stuff. It doesn't matter what it is. It's your job.


Yes, yes it is.

because the mail never stops...
Youtube LL6ubXD9ZjY
 
2022-05-17 12:38:41 AM  

trerro: recondite cetacean: Meanwhile, instead of some accredited institution collecting and submitting your data, you're free to skip the test or claim a negative.  Or take it and claim a negative.

It's for people who want to help, not for people who don't want to help.

I've never seen a place that requires a test to enter that will accept an at-home test and not the PCR one done in a lab, so there's literally no reason to claim a negative result if you test positive, and therefore no reason to use one of these kits unless you actually want a correct answer, and intend to act accordingly. So yeah, these are only helping.

That said, the PCR ones are more accurate, so if you have reasonable access to a drive-through testing site, I'd recommend that over the home kit (though it may be good to get one batch of the at-home kits, since there's danger of the fund that runs the drive-through sites running out as Republicans are trying to stop their funding from being renewed, at which point they're all you have).


If you test positive on an at-home antigen you go get a rapid NAAT or PCR. This is not new information, so I'm not sure what you're biatching about
 
2022-05-17 12:42:41 AM  

doomjesse: Peter von Nostrand: doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.

It's literally your job. To deliver stuff. It doesn't matter what it is. It's your job.

Yes, yes it is.

[YouTube video: because the mail never stops...]


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2022-05-17 12:42:42 AM  
Gee thanks. That oughta fix things. I feel better already.
 
2022-05-17 1:00:24 AM  
I haven't needed the 4 I already got and they're due to expire in July. Anyone know if there are entities who'd want them as donations, or is the market saturated with the free stuff?
 
2022-05-17 1:04:53 AM  

powhound: doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.

Wait. DeJoy didn't sell all the trucks for scrap?

/already have the two previous free kits sitting unused this far so not inclined to get more


Not for lack of effort, I'm sure.
 
2022-05-17 1:09:37 AM  
I paid how much in taxes to get 8 more Covid tests?
 
2022-05-17 1:18:21 AM  

maxandgrinch: I paid how much in taxes to get 8 more Covid tests?


I pay  enough now take your test!
 
2022-05-17 1:26:26 AM  

doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.


Sorry person. I'm grateful for postal folks. Don't get the hostility. On balance, what you folks do, works. fark me though, I owe you a few of y'all a beer for the multiple giant farking first day preordered Harry Potter books I had sent to relatives homes and the USPS delivered. I felt for y'all those days.
 
2022-05-17 1:35:50 AM  

trerro: recondite cetacean: Meanwhile, instead of some accredited institution collecting and submitting your data, you're free to skip the test or claim a negative.  Or take it and claim a negative.

It's for people who want to help, not for people who don't want to help.

I've never seen a place that requires a test to enter that will accept an at-home test and not the PCR one done in a lab, so there's literally no reason to claim a negative result if you test positive, and therefore no reason to use one of these kits unless you actually want a correct answer, and intend to act accordingly. So yeah, these are only helping.

That said, the PCR ones are more accurate, so if you have reasonable access to a drive-through testing site, I'd recommend that over the home kit (though it may be good to get one batch of the at-home kits, since there's danger of the fund that runs the drive-through sites running out as Republicans are trying to stop their funding from being renewed, at which point they're all you have).


Yar - to me the at home tests are, "Ok, not feeling good... so WTF is this?  <do home test> Ok, negative, likely something else - let's see how it goes but stay away from peeps anyway for a while."  Even if it isn't Covid, no one wants the flu or whatever evil shiat it is.  Positive result = ok now I need to schedule a proper documented PCR test

/thankfully no positive results yet
//but I have blown two when I wasn't sure
///<under construction>
 
2022-05-17 1:43:47 AM  

doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.


I think Amazon should come out with a catalog just like Sears used to have.
 
2022-05-17 1:52:22 AM  
Thanks subby, sorry doomjesse.
 
2022-05-17 2:05:58 AM  

Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: Gee thanks. That oughta fix things. I feel better already.


/username completely and totally checks out
 
2022-05-17 2:06:59 AM  
Kinda feels like that moment when the game gives you a room full of power-ups for no reason whatsoever.
 
2022-05-17 2:12:43 AM  

discrete unit: Kinda feels like that moment when the game gives you a room full of power-ups for no reason whatsoever.


Keeps the numbers down. Quick at-home tests don't report back to the CDC.
 
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2022-05-17 2:18:47 AM  

discrete unit: Kinda feels like that moment when the game gives you a room full of power-ups for no reason whatsoever.


And then a ghoul with aids pops out from around the corner and eats your liver
 
2022-05-17 2:20:07 AM  
Why would one need Covid-at-home kits? Can't you just catch it from unwashed masses?
 
2022-05-17 2:20:35 AM  

FormlessOne: discrete unit: Kinda feels like that moment when the game gives you a room full of power-ups for no reason whatsoever.

Keeps the numbers down. Quick at-home tests don't report back to the CDC.


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2022-05-17 2:26:27 AM  
Oh great. Now that summer is here and everyone's mailbox is 130 degrees inside they are going to place temperature-sensitive test strips in them to bake until people get home from work. Genius.
 
2022-05-17 2:31:21 AM  
I just placed an order. It's the first time I made a request, and it said I can request more. I'm trying to decide if I should or not. You know, grab them while they're available and free...
 
2022-05-17 2:33:27 AM  
Hard pass.
I'm not giving those farkers my address.
 
2022-05-17 3:19:55 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: trerro: recondite cetacean: Meanwhile, instead of some accredited institution collecting and submitting your data, you're free to skip the test or claim a negative.  Or take it and claim a negative.

It's for people who want to help, not for people who don't want to help.

I've never seen a place that requires a test to enter that will accept an at-home test and not the PCR one done in a lab, so there's literally no reason to claim a negative result if you test positive, and therefore no reason to use one of these kits unless you actually want a correct answer, and intend to act accordingly. So yeah, these are only helping.

That said, the PCR ones are more accurate, so if you have reasonable access to a drive-through testing site, I'd recommend that over the home kit (though it may be good to get one batch of the at-home kits, since there's danger of the fund that runs the drive-through sites running out as Republicans are trying to stop their funding from being renewed, at which point they're all you have).

Yar - to me the at home tests are, "Ok, not feeling good... so WTF is this?  <do home test> Ok, negative, likely something else - let's see how it goes but stay away from peeps anyway for a while."  Even if it isn't Covid, no one wants the flu or whatever evil shiat it is.  Positive result = ok now I need to schedule a proper documented PCR test

/thankfully no positive results yet
//but I have blown two when I wasn't sure
///<under construction>


They're not only for when you're feeling bad. They're also useful just before you go to a birthday party or similar event where you will be sharing indoor air without wearing masks. If someone in the group is asymptomatic but positive you can reschedule and avoid infecting your friends and family.
 
2022-05-17 3:35:09 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: trerro: recondite cetacean: Meanwhile, instead of some accredited institution collecting and submitting your data, you're free to skip the test or claim a negative.  Or take it and claim a negative.

It's for people who want to help, not for people who don't want to help.

I've never seen a place that requires a test to enter that will accept an at-home test and not the PCR one done in a lab, so there's literally no reason to claim a negative result if you test positive, and therefore no reason to use one of these kits unless you actually want a correct answer, and intend to act accordingly. So yeah, these are only helping.

That said, the PCR ones are more accurate, so if you have reasonable access to a drive-through testing site, I'd recommend that over the home kit (though it may be good to get one batch of the at-home kits, since there's danger of the fund that runs the drive-through sites running out as Republicans are trying to stop their funding from being renewed, at which point they're all you have).

Yar - to me the at home tests are, "Ok, not feeling good... so WTF is this?  <do home test> Ok, negative, likely something else - let's see how it goes but stay away from peeps anyway for a while."  Even if it isn't Covid, no one wants the flu or whatever evil shiat it is.  Positive result = ok now I need to schedule a proper documented PCR test

/thankfully no positive results yet
//but I have blown two when I wasn't sure
///<under construction>

They're not only for when you're feeling bad. They're also useful just before you go to a birthday party or similar event where you will be sharing indoor air without wearing masks. If someone in the group is asymptomatic but positive you can reschedule and avoid infecting your friends and family.


Fair, but I'm enough of a wreck I don't go out without a mask on barring "I'm going to get the mail" or we're going to be outdoors somewhere with reasonable seperation for the most part, or the like.  I've got a mort of weird medical issues, so I'm extra-cautious where remotely feasible
 
2022-05-17 3:45:57 AM  
Free KITTs you say?

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/sign me up
 
2022-05-17 5:04:54 AM  

powhound: /already have the two previous free kits sitting unused this far so not inclined to get more



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Check your "use by" dates.  Earlier batches of the orange/white colored free kits are expiring in July-ish times.
 
2022-05-17 6:38:01 AM  
Covid has it's own government website now. It's infecting everything!
 
2022-05-17 6:38:08 AM  

monsatano: If you test positive on an at-home antigen you go get a rapid NAAT or PCR. This is not new information, so I'm not sure what you're biatching about


Other way around really.  Unless you just have an employer who requires a test from a medical professional to accept it as an excuse from work, there is no need to follow up a positive rapid antigen test with another test.

The rapid antigen tests get very few false positives, but lots of false negatives.  If you have a positive from a rapid antigen test, it is almost certainly a true positive.

(Obviously, this assumes you actually used the test as intended.  There are stupid youtube videos of people wasting tests and exposing them to other substances to make them show as positive.)

My wife works for a hospital system and what their administration told them is that an at-home antigen test will be accepted as proof of a positive (but not proof of a negative).  A PCR test will be accepted as proof of a negative, but if you have any Covid-like symptoms (even if you have a negative test with them), you should not come to work sick - either work from home if you feel up to it and your symptoms are mild, or use sick leave.  I think this should be the normal for anyone anywhere.
 
2022-05-17 6:45:57 AM  

C18H27NO3: doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.

I think Amazon should come out with a catalog just like Sears used to have.


Sears could have ruled the world, had they just maintained their business model from 40 years ago, when they had catalog sales where you could call in an order to your local store, they would order the merch from the central distribution point, and then two or three days later you could go pick it up at your local catalog store (or have it delivered at home for extra $).  I used to work there keypunching the orders and then transmitting them to HQ.
 
2022-05-17 7:17:41 AM  

edwoodca: powhound: /already have the two previous free kits sitting unused this far so not inclined to get more


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Check your "use by" dates.  Earlier batches of the orange/white colored free kits are expiring in July-ish times.


iHealth got a 3 month extension - check your kits here:  https://ihealthlabs.com/

Mine were going to expire in June are now good till September.
 
2022-05-17 7:28:37 AM  
We just used our first test a couple of weeks ago. You can go through a lot in a hurry when someone tests positive.
 
2022-05-17 7:30:57 AM  

FrostbiteFallsMN: edwoodca: powhound: /already have the two previous free kits sitting unused this far so not inclined to get more


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Check your "use by" dates.  Earlier batches of the orange/white colored free kits are expiring in July-ish times.

iHealth got a 3 month extension - check your kits here:  https://ihealthlabs.com/

Mine were going to expire in June are now good till September.


Thanks for the info!  I have a couple of those tests that were set to expire in June as well.
 
2022-05-17 7:33:19 AM  

maxandgrinch: I paid how much in taxes to get 8 more Covid tests?


Guess how much one Patriot missile costs.
 
2022-05-17 7:40:01 AM  

MurphyMurphy: doomjesse: I hate you all.

/USPS worker so it's nothing personal.  I'm just tired of seeing truckloads of these things.

I'm sorry I only empty my mailbox once a month.
/you do really good work stuffing it all in there!


I check the mail every few or so but only bring it to the house when it's full or it's time to pay bills.   Drives my wife nuts
 
2022-05-17 7:42:26 AM  

trerro: recondite cetacean: Meanwhile, instead of some accredited institution collecting and submitting your data, you're free to skip the test or claim a negative.  Or take it and claim a negative.

It's for people who want to help, not for people who don't want to help.

I've never seen a place that requires a test to enter that will accept an at-home test and not the PCR one done in a lab, so there's literally no reason to claim a negative result if you test positive, and therefore no reason to use one of these kits unless you actually want a correct answer, and intend to act accordingly. So yeah, these are only helping.

That said, the PCR ones are more accurate, so if you have reasonable access to a drive-through testing site, I'd recommend that over the home kit (though it may be good to get one batch of the at-home kits, since there's danger of the fund that runs the drive-through sites running out as Republicans are trying to stop their funding from being renewed, at which point they're all you have).


Brought my dad to the VA and they required a picture of a test from that day.   Sucks because I had to take one the previous day to visit him in a rehab.

SUCKS I have to take these 3x a week to help with his care, it's nose abuse!!!
 
2022-05-17 8:49:36 AM  
thanks, subby. I got mine. Hopefully this coming wave stays smaller than the last.
 
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