COVID testing is not the only answer, so let's stay focused on these 4 things

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Suddenly, we are obsessed with testing—again. But asymptomatic, vaccinated people do not need to stand in the frigid cold, hour-long lines to test. And they do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID.

I recently had a young, sick patient faint and lose consciousness as she stood for hours in the cold waiting in line. She was positive for COVID, and now she also had a head injury from fainting. I then treated a seven-month-old baby also positive for COVID. He, too, waited in line with his mom in 28-degree weather to be seen. Later, I moved on to an unvaccinated COPD patient positive for COVID and could not breathe. 

WHITE HOUSE INSISTS CDC LED BY SCIENCE AMID SHIFTING COVID-19 GUIDANCE

Youngstown City Heath Department worker Kathy Johnson talks with drivers before giving them at-home COVID-19 test kits during a distribution event, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Too many patients are in line just to be cleared to go to school or back to work despite having no symptoms and are vaccinated. This is a waste of time and not a wise use of scarce resources.

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