One of the last little pus-pockets of COOF hysteria

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Bubblegum playing with our thankfully-negative rapid antigen tests.

To the best of our knowledge, neither S. nor I have yet had COVID aka the coof. We RAT ourselves fairly often and have never gotten a positive result on either a lateral-flow RAT or a PCR test. Our cats are irresistibly drawn to small, plastic-y things small and light enough that they can move them around with their paws and, if those items are on flat, elevated surfaces and can be nudged over the edge and onto the floor with a thwacking noise, all the better. In the video above, you can see Pricess Bubblegum playing with two test strips.

At the moment, Hong Kong’s “contact-tracing” and “quarantine” regime is buckling under the burden of the city’s inevitable covid surge, so ,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,, , ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,, , ,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, , ,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,,,, , ,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, , ,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, .

Negative rapid tests for Covid, influenza, and RSV (but none for non-covid coronaviruses or rhinovirus) from late December 2021.
Some of my negative rapid tests for Covid, influenza, and RSV (but none for non-covid coronaviruses or rhinovirus) from late December 2021.

We have, however, had our scares. In late December, I caught a cold. While I felt ill, I stayed home, had lots of hot chicken soup, and did rapid antigen tests for Covid as well as RATs for influenza and RSV each day. A few of the RATs, 2 for covid and one dual flu-RSV test are shown in the photo above. All results were negative throughout. It was a good ol’, pre-2019-era cold, likely either a different (non-covid) coronavirus or a rhinovirus.

S. and I are both young and fit enough that our genuine risk of serious covid-related illness remains negligible. For non-elderly persons who aren’t chronically ill, the dangers attending a covid infection in Hong Kong all stem from ,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,, ,,, ,,, ,,, ,,,,, ,, ,,,,, ,,, ,,,, ,,,,,, ,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, , ,,,,, ,,, ,,,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,, ,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,, ,,, ,,, ,, ,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,,,, , ,,, ,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,, ,, ,,,, ,,,, ,,,, ,,,,, ,,,, ,,, ,,,,, ,,, ,,,, ,,, ,, ,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,, ,,,, ,, ,, ,,, ,,,,, ,, ,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,, ,,, ,,, ,,,, , ,,,,,,,, ,, ,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,,. And that’s all that I intend to say on that subject for now.

A couple of relevant recent local news stories: Hong Kong national security police arrest co-owners of Taiwanese drinks shop in Mong Kok over anti-vaccination social media posts and Coronavirus: 4,000-strong Hong Kong police squad gears up to help in mass screening exercise, with officers in protective gear, goggles, masks and gloves.