As part of my University’s plan for re-opening this semester, all students, faculty, and staff are required to be tested for COVID-19 before the start of the semester. The cost of the test is generously paid for by the University.
I ordered my testing kit online on Thursday, July 30, and it arrived at my house on Tuesday, August 4. The Quest Diagnostics kit includes easy to follow instructions on how to complete the self-test, as well as a link to an online video from the lab that offered a visual explanation of how to perform the nasal swab test. Fortunately, this test only required the user to insert the swab about one-inch into the nose, which seems much less painful than the tests I have seen on TV where it seemed like it was going about six inches inside the person’s nose.
I completed the test and dropped it off at the closest FedEx location that same day. Three days later, Friday, August 7, I received an email saying my results were available.
I clicked on the link and received the good news that I had tested negative for COVID-19, which is was what I expected.
I was impressed by how easy and timely the whole process was.
From the time I ordered the test and received the result, it was a total of eight days. And I only had to leave my house once, for the two-minute drive to the local FedEx. (There was an option to schedule a FedEx pickup if I did not want to leave the house.)
But I was also puzzled by how fast I received my results. We’ve all heard stories about how long it is taking people to get results, sometimes more than 14 days. Such long delays make the test almost meaningless.
I am not sure why I got my results so quickly, but I am happy that I did. It is one less thing to worry about at the start of the semester.
By the way, the only scenario I could come up with for the speedy service is that someone at the lab is an avid reader of my blog, and decided to expedite the testing as a favor. 😀
*image from Quest Diagnostics