Tuesday/ testing, at a cost

The pandemic killed the second-hand clothing consignment store that used to be here on 15th Ave. & Republican St on Capitol Hill.
I see a same-day Covid-19 testing service has set up shop there, next to Rudy’s barbershop. The PCR test* they offer is not cheap: $195. They promise results within 36 hours. Another option is the quicker, but less reliable, rapid antigen test ($175).

*The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test actually detects RNA (the genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection. The antigen test looks for protein fragments created by the immune system’s response to the presence of the virus.

The same-day clinic on 15th Avenue, is run by Praesidium Diagnostics, based in Venice, California. To be sure, there are several other options for testing in Seattle, and some are free. I guess it might be difficult to get an immediate appointment, though – or the wait in the walk-up/ drive-up line, might be several hours.
2021 … The Year We Make Contact, says this cartoon. Yes: I hope to get by without needing a test, until I get my vaccine. We just have to get the vaccines that have landed, out of the freezers that they were sent in, and into the arms of the humans that are clamoring for it. We need to use those empty sports stadiums & convention centers, and run thousands of people through them every day. 
Cartoon Credit: AMORIM
Source: Correio do Povo – Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Provider: CartoonArts International

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