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Parzi
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Fever, sore throat, full-body aches, migraines...

COVID or am I just fucking dying? I have been to town a lot, so...?

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  • 1
    "Look on the bright side, it could be both"

    Anyway, if you live in a country where that's possible, try to get tested. Might also have to warn people with whom you spent some time recently.

    PS: Were you wearing a mask, washing your hands regularly, etc.?
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    @Jilano I was, yes. However, I have no healthcare insurance or medicare or anything so I'll have to pay out of pocket whatever the tests cost in full, which is like $600.
  • 1
    Could be anything. Get yourself tested ASAP
  • 1
    @Parzi Oh. Right. Yes.
    Well, any other way to get tested? From your northern/southern neighbours maybe?
  • 1
    @Jilano It'd be even more to get to these places...
  • 2
    @Parzi Well at this point, I don't know what to suggest beside coughing on someone "important" that would then get tested.
  • 2
    Sounds like leprosy. Get thee to the apothecary.
  • 1
    Naaaaaah
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    I am still fucking floored that it is possible in a rich country in the middle of a deadly pandemic that potential sufferers have to front the cost of the test.

    I hope you recover soon. And I hope you collectively fix your broken health care system.
  • 1
    Could be west nile. I was feeling the same way earlier this year and my grandma suggested it was the same symptoms she had when the doc diagnosed her with it
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    @halfflat it's not the health care system that's broke here, that's why a lot of us are content to pay for our individual test as needed. We don't agree on how all the money would used if it were just put in a collective pot nor do we trust that it would be spent efficiently whenever it was used.
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    @M1sf3t Sure! Because collective action is not what you need in the face of an endemic. Wow. How's that working out in the US at the moment?
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    @halfflat we can't be trusted to put on face masks, doing hivemind healthcare?
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    @halfflat in a perfect world, in a perfect system, sure collective action would be ideal. But in our system any collective action has to filter through a very bloated bureaucratic organization made up of thousands of individual pockets before it ever finds it way to where it was intended to go. We fix that problem then maybe we can talk about using tax money to front the cost. There should be plenty of it to spend afterwards.
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    @Parzi
    Seeing as you say Medicare, I take it you live in the US? Fucking greatest democracy on earth values people's lives at $600. Its policies never cease to amaze me.

    But seriously, get well soon!
  • 2
    @M1sf3t so, as an Indian who recently moved to the US to study...I'm absolutely floored how bad and/or expensive basic stuff is here.

    Sure, you have a creaky bureaucratic system. So do we. Which is why you digitise stuff and you provide basic services with transactions etc. run by computers.

    I'm legit scared of falling sick here because I'll have to deal with the astronomical costs and then hope that insurance covers it. I've never felt that way before in India, where public government provided healthcare is cheap and tiered by income so that even the poorest of the poor can just walk in and get treatment. (and one step above that, the higher government hospitals, are of excellence quality and dirt cheap for diagnosis, operations, etc., and then you use a private hospital if you need to be admitted for care). You can literally get a consultation for the same price as a (large) bag of chips and it'll be legit. Everything but rare medicines are dirt cheap too from government (and private) pharmacies and they're of excellent quality.

    Of course our system has issues (crowding, connectivity etc.) but price and quality of consultation are not among those.

    And low level corruption and bUrEauCraCy is way worse in India, because it's a developing country with trash per capita GDP. And besides, every country has dealt with widespread corruption, the US can't be a special snowflake.

    Nah man, it's not the bureaucracy that's the problem, it's the policymaking. This is absolutely, legitimately pathetic. This place feels incredibly backwards for a lot of things (of course, it has its bright sides too).
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    Maybe its gonorrhea, is your smaller you in order?
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    @RememberMe the problems with the policy making stem from the bureaucracy. India may have a bigger problem with low level corruption in the form of bribes and kickbacks but that's only because here we refer to that stuff here as lobbying and campaign contributions and it's perfectly legal.

    Combine that with the buddy system aka "white privilege" and you end up with giant departments made up of people who all have their own individual constituents that they owe for helping them get the position.

    This is also why it takes them year/'s to accomplish what most organizations could resolve within a month or two. In part because they have to take care of everyone they owe's individual concerns and then they have to take the time to cleverly word everything so that what they're doing isn't immediately obvious.
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    at least i say lobbying is legal. Its legal for tax paying businesses. Nonprofit's formed strictly to support a cause are un-ironically restricted from the process. Wonder why that is 🤔
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