Posted On: Thursday - December 31st 2020 6:39PM MST
In Topics:   Healthcare Stupidity  Big-Biz Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity
(This post's title is a reference to the old TV shows Seinfeld* and addtionally The Office (American version)*, of which some kindly Chinese lady was glad to rip/burn 4 seasons for me for 2 bucks on the streets of Canton years ago.)
Your Peak Stupidity lead blogger has been pronounced "positive". However, it's not what you think.
I was called up about the fact that I’d worked closely with a guy who tested positive for the COVID a week or so before**. We were probably 4 ft. apart for 4 hours or so. No masks, no mess. Due to this fact, determined in hindsight, of course, I am supposed to stay home for 10 days, but then I’m on off time anyway. Were I not, I would get paid time off. I lamented to the HR guy that, damn, I was about to do some extra work for them, but hadn’t decided yet. Too late. (They would have paid me off.)
Now, this damn thing is costing me money! I don’t like that aspect of it at all. It's one thing for the Kung Flu to be turned into a PanicFest for political reasons and to screw up the entire small business economy of America. This time, though, it's personal! (Hmmm, this rings a bell. What US President does that remind you of?)
It wasn't that I tested positive for the COVID. I imagine I very well could, but I'll be damned if I'm going in for a test. I feel fine. Any Peak Stupidity reader of more that 9 months will know that I just don't worry about this thing, disease-wise. Politically, you know I do!
The HR guy on the phone was complimentary that I was so positive (see, positive, get it?) about the whole thing. “I’m not worried about this thing. Those bugs have probably been running in and out of me since March”, I told him.
The next morning, I thought of something else. Who knows if that guy I worked with recently gave me the COVID, as opposed to me giving him the COVID? Do either of us care? I think not.
PS: A 61 y/o friend just got over it. He had some diarrhea, a fever up to 100 F max, and said he just felt weak for a couple of days. I told him Donald Trump knocked it out in 2 days, so I should start calling him (my friend) “Sleepy REDACTED“.
PPS: Our family member in the healthcare field, a nurse to be precise, had this to tell us: There are various COVID patients on the regular floor she works on. Sometimes, they don't know that till additional symptoms come up, as doctors don't always catch it. The police for the nursing/tech staff is that, even if you test positive, you are required to come into work unless you have symptoms. So, let me get this straight... is that what people did during Black Plague 1.0? Just asking for a friend ... working in the hospital ... during a time when hysterical people are acting like we have Black Plague 2.0.
* The big reference is to the name of the fictional movie, Prognosis Negative, in the old show Seinfeld (thanks for clearing that up, commenter, Alarmist). Then there was the Office show in which Michael Scott was under the impression that a "negative" result on a skin cancer test was BAD.
** HIPPA laws say he couldn’t tell me who it was, but I narrowed it down, and he sheepishly said, “well, yeah.”