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Just saw this on Twitter:

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Faye Flam should be named Flim Flam. This is another stupid diktat in this never-ending pandemic saga.
Notice the caption under the picture: Californians wait for hours to get tested.
Let me get this right. On the one hand, we’re required to quarantine ourselves under lockdown orders. On the other hand, we’ll be required to venture forth every week to our local testing site to wait for hours to be tested.
It’s madness.
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  1. EODmom Coolidge

    It’s not as if no one is making any money in this, are they? Nah – that’s not a motivation. I wonder what it could be? And it’s that invisible money – taxpayer money. 

    • #1
    • November 19, 2020, at 12:06 PM PST
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  2. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Will that really be necessary once we are banned from leaving our homes?

    • #2
    • November 19, 2020, at 12:16 PM PST
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  3. Arahant Member

    ClementContardo: It’s madness.

    Welcome to Earth.

    • #3
    • November 19, 2020, at 12:27 PM PST
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  4. DonG (Biden is compromised) Coolidge

    An at-home test was approved this week. It requires a prescription and sounds expensive. 

    • #4
    • November 19, 2020, at 12:28 PM PST
    • 1 like
  5. B. W. Wooster Member

    We so need a Rick Santelli moment on this thing.

    • #5
    • November 19, 2020, at 12:48 PM PST
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  6. Stina Member

    ClementContardo: Faye Flam

    I can’t believe that’s her name!

    • #6
    • November 19, 2020, at 12:57 PM PST
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  7. Stina Member

    EODmom (View Comment):

    It’s not as if no one is making any money in this, are they? Nah – that’s not a motivation. I wonder what it could be? And it’s that invisible money – taxpayer money.

    I’m invested in one of the testing bio-techs and their stock price is not budging even a little bit. I don’t know where the money is going, but it ain’t going here.

    • #7
    • November 19, 2020, at 12:58 PM PST
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  8. Full Size Tabby Member

    I seem to recall a Ricochet discussion several months ago on a suggestion for frequent mandatory testing. Once the numbers got fleshed out, it was clear that there was no way to handle the basic logistical demands. 

    I live in a town of 28,000 residents that is the county seat of a county in which probably half the county residents do not live in any town, so many of the “country” folk would be coming into town for testing. The county has a human population of about 140,000. So let’s say someplace in town would need to accommodate testing 50,000 people per week. That’s a little over 7,000 per day assuming 7 day per week testing. Assume 14 hours per day, and we could convince people to spread out across those 14 hours. 500 tests per hour. 8 tests per minute. Even at 2 people per car, that’s 4 cars per minute. We don’t have places to accommodate that kind of traffic. 

    And how much staff would be required? 80 – 100? From where? Deplete existing medical labs and doctor’s offices? We have two small hospitals in the county.

    And we’re just one little town. 

    • #8
    • November 19, 2020, at 1:58 PM PST
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  9. Richard Easton Member

    Just think of people panicking from all those false positives and being complacent from all those false negatives. We should not do it for the children.

    • #9
    • November 19, 2020, at 2:20 PM PST
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  10. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
    Joseph Stanko Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I haven’t been tested yet, so I guess I’m about 35 tests behind already.

    • #10
    • November 19, 2020, at 3:41 PM PST
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  11. Arahant Member

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    I haven’t been tested yet, so I guess I’m about 35 tests behind already.

    You don’t need a test. I can tell you you’re. . .oh, wait, is this about CoViD?

    • #11
    • November 19, 2020, at 3:55 PM PST
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  12. Buckpasser Member
    Buckpasser Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Why would I want a Covid test? I don’t get a flu test.

    • #12
    • November 19, 2020, at 4:36 PM PST
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  13. Arahant Member

    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    Why would I want a Covid test? I don’t get a flu test.

    And what if we fail? Do we have to take a class and try the test again?

    • #13
    • November 19, 2020, at 4:36 PM PST
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  14. Biden Pure Demagogue Coolidge
    Biden Pure Demagogue Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    As Floyd R. Turbo, American used to say:

    “This raises the question, kiss my grits.”

    • #14
    • November 19, 2020, at 4:50 PM PST
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  15. Jules PA Member

    No to testing. 

    Period. 

    My heavy duty tinfoil says there is a reason behind these testing mandates. I dont know exactly why, but it is not to stop corona virus, and I thinking is more than money. 

    • #15
    • November 19, 2020, at 7:33 PM PST
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  16. Jules PA Member

    Also, why is it that we no longer see anything about China and Wuhan? And what about the Uighars?

    It’s like we are pigeons and news stories are pigeon treats tossed to watch us chase…

     

    • #16
    • November 19, 2020, at 7:35 PM PST
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  17. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I seem to recall a Ricochet discussion several months ago on a suggestion for frequent mandatory testing. Once the numbers got fleshed out, it was clear that there was no way to handle the basic logistical demands.

    I live in a town of 28,000 residents that is the county seat of a county in which probably half the county residents do not live in any town, so many of the “country” folk would be coming into town for testing. The county has a human population of about 140,000. So let’s say someplace in town would need to accommodate testing 50,000 people per week. That’s a little over 7,000 per day assuming 7 day per week testing. Assume 14 hours per day, and we could convince people to spread out across those 14 hours. 500 tests per hour. 8 tests per minute. Even at 2 people per car, that’s 4 cars per minute. We don’t have places to accommodate that kind of traffic.

    And how much staff would be required? 80 – 100? From where? Deplete existing medical labs and doctor’s offices? We have two small hospitals in the county.

    And we’re just one little town.

    Once we all relocated to our new Federal Indoctrination and Intubated Feeding Pods ™, you won’t need to worry about little things like your car, your brain, or your freedom.

    See the source image

    • #17
    • November 20, 2020, at 4:11 AM PST
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  18. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I know an insider at one of the hospitals in our mid-sized city. Someone with a high position in the testing department. He tells me they’ve moved the quick tests out of ED and are using them on the floors — because shortage of test kits and somethin’ somethin’ somethin’ (having to do with testing staff, who are passing it around in the break rooms). I won’t even describe what is happening in the EDs because of this. You’re smart people. You can guess. 

    Just where the h-e-double hockey stick are these test kits going to come from?? Lefties live in an alternate universe where money grows on trees and we’re going to test the whole population once a week for COVID. When I was a leftie I used to say it about conservatives, but it actually applies here — “it’s like their brains have been sucked out.”

    • #18
    • November 20, 2020, at 6:31 AM PST
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  19. Old Bathos Moderator

    The irony is that if more and more of us are positive but asymptomatic it means that the serious risk is greatly lessening into nothing more than a weak flu season and that herd immunity is nigh. But instead of good news, it will be treated as a pretext for lockdowns forever and only allowed to leave home if there are still unpunched boxes on our ration cards.

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    • November 20, 2020, at 6:44 AM PST
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  20. Stina Member

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I seem to recall a Ricochet discussion several months ago on a suggestion for frequent mandatory testing. Once the numbers got fleshed out, it was clear that there was no way to handle the basic logistical demands.

    I live in a town of 28,000 residents that is the county seat of a county in which probably half the county residents do not live in any town, so many of the “country” folk would be coming into town for testing. The county has a human population of about 140,000. So let’s say someplace in town would need to accommodate testing 50,000 people per week. That’s a little over 7,000 per day assuming 7 day per week testing. Assume 14 hours per day, and we could convince people to spread out across those 14 hours. 500 tests per hour. 8 tests per minute. Even at 2 people per car, that’s 4 cars per minute. We don’t have places to accommodate that kind of traffic.

    And how much staff would be required? 80 – 100? From where? Deplete existing medical labs and doctor’s offices? We have two small hospitals in the county.

    And we’re just one little town.

    Once we all relocated to our new Federal Indoctrination and Intubated Feeding Pods ™, you won’t need to worry about little things like your car, your brain, or your freedom.

    See the source image

    Generally, dead people don’t tend to worry about those things.

    • #20
    • November 20, 2020, at 9:04 AM PST
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  21. Jules PA Member

    Wasting tests on people with no serious symptoms, demanding tests solely based on travel, demanding tests weekly to go to school, using tests to create a frenzy of fear.

    It is so disgusting. 

    How do we fight this?

    • #21
    • November 20, 2020, at 9:27 AM PST
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  22. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    Positive tests will decline when we run out of equipment to perform the tests. How close are we to that happening? 

    King County in WA is failing one of their metrics, ‘Are we testing enough to detect most cases?’ The criteria to be green is greater than or equal to 50 tests per positive cases result based on 7 day moving average in last 3 days. Admittedly, it is a mirror of another criteria, which is max 2% positive results for all tests to be in the green. How likely is it to meet the metric if the test itself were to have a false positive rate of greater than 2%? Does anybody know what the false positive rate is for tests likely being used? In Elon Musk’s case, it seems he had a false reading of around 50%, but we still don’t have it confirmed if he was positive.

    • #22
    • November 20, 2020, at 2:17 PM PST
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  23. Jules PA Member

    the metrics were designed for failure. Isn’t that their point?

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    • November 21, 2020, at 3:51 PM PST
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