> live ɘvil Wrote:
> Could be a false positive test. It happens.
That's the first thing I thought. The problem is that no one will re-test me if I've tested positive, unless I lie, which I am not willing to do.
My research tells me the test tends to err more on the side of a false negative.
I look at it as a 10 day vacation from work and humans. It's not as though I really came in contact with that many people, anyway. Since I had been prepared for a 5-week run, I have plenty of food, and my friends have brought me other things I need.
Sure would like to go to the gym (during slow hours, cautiously, and not using the locker room, as is my MO), or take a bicycle ride without worrying about crossing paths with others, but it's just 10 days.
The crazy thing is that if I don't get symptoms, and if I hadn't have tested, I'd have never known I (allegedly) have it. I wonder how many people pass this around exactly like this?
I'm not surprised. I drive a truck. I've been to 25 states in the last 3 months. Though not as often as I'd like, I take showers in truck stops and truck terminals. I use the restrooms at rest areas (though i am more inclined to pee next to my truck with zero fucks given).
One can be careful AF, wearing a mask, washing hands, sanitizing, social-distancing, etc., but if it's gonna getcha, it will getcha.
Super-grateful I have no symptoms (thus far, fingers crossed).
It's funny-not funny to me seeing Covid culture out on the road amongst other truckers, shippers and receivers, and the general public. It is vastly different from different segments of the population, and it varies from state to state.
For example, the Indians--especially the Sikhs, the Africans, the Iraqis, and to a lesser degree, the eastern Europeans, mostly all wear masks. The US-born truckers rarely do. I've also noticed that most of the US-born truckers lean to the right politically, so this theory is consistent with that of the general population.
In California, people wear masks outside and alone, and while driving alone in their cars. I've had more pick-ups and deliveries there where I can't enter the office (which I prefer, anyway), and where they have taken my temperature. Conversely, states such as Texas, and sparsely-populated states, such as Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas, seem to care less. I have been in truck stops in the aforementioned states where I was the only one masked up (even though there was a sign on the door mandating them).
Ironically, one of my last pick-ups before I went home and subsequently got tested was in Beaumont, CA, where I had my temperature taken before I entered the procurement yard to pick up a loaded trailer. I was fine. (edited)