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Testing, Testing

People continue to wait in long lines to be tested for the Covid virus. I’ve seen – as I’m sure you, too, have seen – snaking queues of automobiles, each vehicle waiting its turn to drive into a testing site.

This continuing mania for testing is evidence of the reality of Covid Derangement Syndrome. The vast majority of people seeking tests are at virtually no risk of suffering serious consequences from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Yet testing is often required and, even when not required, eagerly and anxiously sought.

I’ve a confession: I’ve taken only one Covid test. Just one. That was in March 2021. I took this test – it was self-administered at home – only in order to be cleared to lecture for a GMU Law & Economics Center event (held, ironically, in gloriously sane Florida).

The previous paragraph, I realize, doesn’t technically feature a confession, as I have absolutely no qualms, shame, or regrets about not subjecting myself repeatedly to Covid testing.

I’d not bet my pension that I’ll never have a another test for Covid. Perhaps some situation will present itself that makes the benefits to me of being tested – say, to board an international flight – worth the cost. But unless I experience symptoms that present a good-enough prospect that I have a serious case of Covid, I certainly will never on my own seek to be tested for the dread virus.