Maybe this is in the new deal they are working on?
But, it seems to me, federally funded rapid COVID tests could great things for our economy.
In my state of NJ, you can get the insurance or fed. covered swab test, and results seems o take between 2 and 5 days…no real reason why some people get them faster than others. I friend recently told me she found a place doing the rapid test - got results either on the spot, or an hour later…I forget. But she had to pay out of pocket and it was several hundred dollars, so too expensive for frequent use.
But if the rapid test was no cost to the consumer, that would open up a lot of opportunities for commerce.
This came to mind as I was thinking about trying to plan and event - I don’t want to share too much personal information, but just imagine like planning a b-day party for someone. And the sticking point is, transportation and lodging. How can you safely car pool? How can you safely share a hotel room?
If we had easy and affordable access to rapid tests, it would make the whole thing possible - not 100% safe, but for me, within an acceptable risk level. insist on everyone involved getting a rapid test the day of departure.
The hotels are open, the gas stations are open, the facility that we would host the event at is open…the barrier is safely car pooling and lodging.
As it stands, I don’t think we will do it. And that means a good chunk of change not getting poured into teh economy - as well as of course the social loss of connection.
So, maybe this would be a wise investment of our tax dollars?