Friday, December 1, 2023


Readers tell us: Have you been tested for COVID-19?

By Emily Woodbury

Are you tired of hearing about the coronavirus yet? Well, yes, I am too. However, it’s something that’s going to be the topic of conversation for a long time to come so we might as well gossip about it!

Have you gotten tested for COVID-19? According to the poll above, which we asked you on May 9th, 3 percent of you have. What was the process like? Was it easy? Scary? How long did you have to wait until you got results?

The majority of you, 84 percent, haven’t been tested. Some of you, 12 percent, answered that you haven’t been tested, and don’t want to be anyway. Even though our survey shows 0 percent of you voted under “yes, and I tested positive,” there were still 8 votes. I hope you have recovered and are now healthy!

Wendy Lewis left a comment that may interest you (maybe you feel like you also had COVID-19 at some point!). She wrote, “While we have not been tested for COVID-19, my husband and I are nearly certain that we both had it in January. We flew from Ohio to Las Vegas and spent 6 days there over New Year’s. About a week after we returned we both ran fevers and developed terrible coughs. We both saw the doctor and were prescribed medication. My husband was much worse than I was and it was only the second time in 37 years that I saw him take a week off work. This seems to follow with the reports on how women are able to better fight the virus because of our hormones and chromosomes. We would be very interested to be tested for the anti-bodies.”

Whether you’ve tested positive or negative, or haven’t been tested because you’ve been seemingly healthy, please be careful out there, folks. We want you all as healthy as can be.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Terry Richardson (@guest_79089)
3 years ago

I work in Malaysia on an offshore oil rig. In order to be able to travel to work I had to be tested and receive a negative result before I was cleared to leave the U.S.
Upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I was tested at the airport and could not catch my connecting flight until my test came back negative. That was a 12 hr layover.
Upon arriving in Labuan, Malaysia I was tested again and sent to a hotel where I currently am in quarantine for 14 days. That test result was negative. I still have to get one more test and have a negative result before I am cleared to join the oil rig.
So yes, I have been tested!!!!

Randy (@guest_79003)
3 years ago

Interesting enough when speaking with our doctor he says that he revisited my hospital records from two years ago and said that the hospital could not pin point exactly what I had. Acted like bacterial pneumonia but not really the same. In hospital for six weeks in Florida and they called the family in at week three to say good bye. Have lung damage currently from the event. Anyway he believes that I had a prior form of Covid and possibly now have antibodies in my system. I am scheduled for testing on the 15th of June to find out.

Clayobx (@guest_78998)
3 years ago

DW and I were both tested this past Monday. Drive thru, painless, with results in 5 to 7 days. So we’re waiting as today is Friday May 22. We believe we have had Covid 19 in late February. Wife has damage to a lung that relates to other victims. Doc says we are to wait until a reliable antibody test is on the market and much more available to the general public.

Michael MCcracken (@guest_79757)
3 years ago
Reply to  Clayobx

What was involved in your test? I have heard the test can be painful? I did read they are working on a new test that involved just using saliva.

Sue Hoffman Losinger (@guest_78975)
3 years ago

I had to go to the ER for another problem and they test you. The test really hurt but I am glad I had it as I work with the elderly for Home Instead.

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