As we discuss reopening schools this fall and face having many college students descend on the area, the availability of testing is a big concern. Right now, people are facing many hours of waiting for the “rapid” test or having the standard test (also often requiring long waits) and potentially waiting a week or more for results.

How can we control this pandemic with such long waits for test results? Contact tracing is useless if it can’t be done until more than a week after someone’s already gotten sick. People without sick leave can’t afford to stay home for a week while waiting for results if they aren’t too sick to work.

If you’ve gone for testing in the past few weeks, what was your experience?

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