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COVID testing etiquette

Dear Miss Manners: a friend is planning a small dinner party in honor of my birthday. She has asked me and the other invitees to take a coronavirus test before the party and, presumably, not attend if found positive. All invitees are vaccinated. Is her request usual/sensible/the done thing now?

I hate parties and would just as soon not attend but since it’s for me, I’m feeling some obligation.

by Anonymousreply 11October 13, 2021 7:13 PM

Tell her that at your advanced age you don't feel comfortable partaking in an indoor gathering just yet.

by Anonymousreply 1October 13, 2021 2:00 PM

Just call and say you've got a cough and fever.

by Anonymousreply 2October 13, 2021 2:32 PM

Does she have kids in her house? If not, this seems a bit much.

by Anonymousreply 3October 13, 2021 2:35 PM

If one is entertaining friends in their own home a request for a negative test result is a bit too much. One should choose friends of a like mind where 13th century belief systems generally don't figure. A gathering of acquaintences or the dread 'general public' sure why not.

by Anonymousreply 4October 13, 2021 2:49 PM

Tell her you’ve been sneezing 🤧 all morning and you hope this won’t be a problem

by Anonymousreply 5October 13, 2021 2:49 PM

A friend who works at the FDA said that the tests were fast-tracked through the approval process with tremendous pressure to get them approved whether they were accurate or not. So whether it's reasonable or not to require them for a dinner party keep in mind that they are highly inaccurate.

by Anonymousreply 6October 13, 2021 2:57 PM

It seems a bit much and unless she is requiring you to bring the completed test, most people are probably just going to lie anyway. Since you don't like parties/being the center of attention, this party is for your friend and not for you. I would beg off.

by Anonymousreply 7October 13, 2021 3:11 PM

Tell her to hold off 'til next year.

by Anonymousreply 8October 13, 2021 3:20 PM

Tell her to go fuck herself.

by Anonymousreply 9October 13, 2021 4:28 PM

I've attended 2 pool parties this summer where rapid tests were given at the door and we all took them and had a great time. All attendees were vaccinated and one of the hosts was a doctor. I thought he must know something or wouldn't spend the $$ to have the tests.

by Anonymousreply 10October 13, 2021 4:40 PM

What would have happened, r10, if a guest tested positive? I imagine that would be awkward.

by Anonymousreply 11October 13, 2021 7:13 PM
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