November 24, 2021

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM AXIOS! The Thanksgiving bouncers.

No one really wants this job, but millions of households may need their own Thanksgiving bouncer. The cover charge is a negative COVID test, done ahead of arrival or outside the front door.

Why it matters: Normalizing rapid tests is a practical way to help extended families feel a little more normal around the holiday dinner table.

● You may have relatives who aren’t vaccinated (or won’t say) — or babies or immunocompromised guests who are vulnerable to breakthrough infections.

How it works: If you’re hosting, let your guests know ahead of their arrival that you’ll be testing everyone at the door for their own safety. If you’re a guest who’s anxious about attending without testing, talk to your host now about their plans and how you can help.

● Depending on your budget, you might offer to pick up the tab for everyone’s tests, or hosts might ask guests to pay for their own.

● At-home antigen tests cost around $25 for a box of two.

● Alternatively, guests who have gotten a PCR test within a couple of days prior could bring evidence of their negative results. PCR rapid tests can be obtained same-day but are generally much more expensive.

Who on earth is going to do this? I can’t imagine even my most leftist in-laws administering COVID tests for guests who drop by for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.

UPDATE: Axios isn’t alone: CBS guest suggests Thanksgiving ‘hors d’oeuvres in the garage’ while waiting for COVID rapid test results. “Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce weighed in, saying opinions like Tamour’s will keep Americans in a constant state of fear. ‘All this does is reinforce the idea that you should be afraid to even be with your own family. In your own home,’ Bruce said. ‘This is insane. Yes it’s cult-like but it really has many more features of mass hysteria.’”

(Updated and bumped.)

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