Today, I had a stick stuck up my nose.

Not something that happens every day, but the world is in a state I’ve never seen before. Covid-19 has affected everyone.

When 2020 started, I never predicted the year would go like this. The pandemic has affected people and families in terrible ways. Some of the stories about losing loved ones has been awful.

That is why it was important to get tested.

I feel like I’ve done a good job of keeping safe. I’ve stayed away from the gym, from large gatherings, worn a mask and constantly wash my hands, but Covid-19 has ways of sneaking up. I needed the test to be sure. I didn’t want to put anyone at risk.

Some have been worried about getting the test, but if anybody is on the fence, I think you should just bite the bullet and get it done.

The testing site was a large empty field with a little white tent set up. The waiting time was about twenty minutes for me. The testing ladies were nice and friendly. They asked questions, made jokes and filled out a questionnaire form.

Then the moment of truth.

She told me to tilt my head back and close my eyes. She said it would be uncomfortable, but if it hurt in any way to tell her to stop. I nodded and she got to work. She slowly inserted the stick up my left nostril. It smelt like chemicals. The deeper it got, a strange tingling occurred under my eyes and they started to weep.

Five seconds later. It was over.

Done just like that.

Covid-19 is a horrible disease. In these hard times, we need to work together until the epidemic is cured. I’ve seen people arguing over whose fault it is, but blaming others won’t get us anywhere. The only thing we can do is stay safe, stay clean, and like the testing lady told me, keep your head up.

Wishing everybody the best,

Jamie

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