Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10, 2020

The first headline I noticed this morning was the announcement of a new antigen test. You might think I’d write more about testing, after 25 years in the clinical laboratory. And I will, but the FDA has approved so many antibody and antigen test kits under emergency rules lately that I wanted to wait until some of them had a track record to review.

The big advantage of the new test from Quidel (Press release here: https://ir.quidel.com/news/news-release-details/2020/Quidel-Receives-Emergency-Authorization-for-Rapid-Antigen-COVID-19-Diagnostic-Assay/default.aspx) is that it is a fluorescent immunoassy that can be run in a hospital lab in a couple of hours, unlike the PCR test which must be sent to a specialized reference lab.

This is good news and I look forward to taking a look at COVID-19 testing, both antibody and antigen, later this week.

But this is Mother’s Day weekend under lockdown and I think we should take note. I felt a little nostalgic yesterday when our governor gave a shout-out to heroic mothers who are working from home with children out of school. I remember how hard it was. And how sweet. By mid-afternoon I just wanted to put my feet up and watch a musical with everybody.

Zoom visit

For many of us, however, this will be a long-distance Mother’s Day. Florists were among the businesses that were allowed to open (for curbside pickup) in California yesterday. My daughter sent some beautiful summer flowers to me yesterday I know that she, like me, aches to hug her children and grandchildren. We will have a Zoom visit with everybody at 6:00 PM, including all the babies, and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone is doing.

Streamed concert

To make the day special, I bought a ticket for a concert I’ve seen advertised: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin Streamed Live I’m looking forward to putting my feet up and listening to the music.

And I hope this is our last holiday without hugs.

Today’s Notable Headlines

“Why It Takes So Long To Get Most COVID-19 Test Results,” NPR, March 28, 2020. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/28/822869504/why-it-takes-so-long-to-get-most-covid-19-test-results

“FDA Grants Emergency-Use Status for First Coronavirus Antigen Test,” Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2020. https://www.wsj.com/articles/fda-to-grant-emergency-use-status-for-first-coronavirus-antigen-test-by-quidel-corp-11589031815?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

“Mother’s Day this year means getting creative from afar,” By Leanne Italie, AP News, May 5, 2020. https://apnews.com/36496fb263690df01ef742ec626942de

” ‘Don’t go visit your mom on Mother’s Day,’ San Francisco Health Director Advises,” Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2020. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-07/dont-go-visit-your-mom-on-mothers-day-san-francisco-health-director-advises

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin Streamed Live https://www.sdrep.org/show-detail.php?id=620&fbclid=IwAR0E59TuQoWT_E6oFkefg3UkLsmBPDvtwC_BSNE5-7kXfJ2a3InzWBge1Vc

Why am I doing this?

The coronavirus pandemic will be indelibly written on our memories just as the Great Depression or the Battle of Britain left their mark on past generations. It is my intention to journal the events of these days from three perspectives: as a retired medical technologist, a historian (Ph.D., 2014), and an ordinary person living through an extraordinary crisis.

You are on History’s Edge.

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