Is having The Rona a crime in the U.S.?

The Rona, crime scene tape, handcuffs. police officer figurine

I recently called our primary care office to schedule an appointment to have my daughter tested for Lyme disease. During the initial call, the receptionist asked me several questions regarding my concerns. I told her that my daughter had had an attached tick about a month ago. I also explained that she was exhibiting several symptoms commonly associated with Lyme disease, including headache, fatigue and knee pain. The office worker scheduled an appointment for that same day, then asked if I would hold the line in order to have a nurse speak with me for a moment. That’s when I learned that having “The Rona” must be considered a criminal offense (insert snarky face) in the United States.

I thought it a bit odd that I would have to speak with a nurse when our appointment was already scheduled and it was simply to get some blood work done. When the nurse came on the line, she said I would have to answer a list of questions before they could allow us into the building. (Oooookay, whatever.) I suppose that since headache is associated with Lyme disease but also with COVID-19, it triggers an additional line of questioning on their end. I get it. No biggie.

The first few questions were par for the course: Had I or my daughter been out of the country in the past 30 days, does she have a fever and has she had any nausea or vomiting? Then, she asked my something that truly, literally rendered me speechless for a moment (a great feat, as anyone who knows me might tell you) and made my mouth drop.

Government-mandated questions about The Rona

The nurse asked me the following question:
“Has your daughter been exposed to anyone who was recently diagnosed with COVID or is under investigation for it?”

::Mouth drops, eyes bug out of head::

My response: I’m sorry, what did you say?

She repeats the question using the exact same wording.

My response: What the heck does that even mean? I wasn’t aware that it is a crime to have a virus. That is a very peculiar way to phrase your question, don’t you think?

The nurse stated that the questions were mandated. She must ask them as they are written and I must answer them if I wanted my daughter to have a Lyme test done.

I snarkily replied that I did not know anyone being INVESTIGATED for having THE RONA.

20 questions that had nothing to do with the reason for my call

The nurse continued to ask whether my daughter had a runny nose, cough, stomach pain, etc.
I tried to expedite the process by politely stating that the only three symptoms my daughter was experiencing were the three I had already informed her of: headache, knee pain and fatigue. She responded by asking whether my daughter has had a sore throat. I repeated that she only has three symptoms: headache, knee pain and fatigue.

I said that no one in my household has The Rona (I used the word COVID at the time) nor have any of us knowingly been exposed to someone who has it. She said that did not matter. She also said that the fact that my daughter has only three symptoms did not matter. The nurse then stated that the government has mandated the question list. I must answer each, individual question if I wanted my daughter to get a Lyme test.

This entire political scam is getting kind of old, and many people (myself included) are feeling frustrated

To specifically phrase a question to ask whether we know someone who is under investigation for COVID is a form of intimidation. They want to scare people, although I’m not blaming the nurse. She was just doing her job. I’m blaming the people who mandated the questions and chose the wording. Having The Rona is NOT a crime. Crimes are investigated. People suspected of committing crimes are investigated. There is no need to investigate someone for having a virus.

This kind of foolishness needs to stop.

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