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Real America Gets COVID While the Other America Gets Tested

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We here in real America should be growing accustomed to wearing masks in public, avoiding crowds, social distancing, and rubbing our hands raw with prodigious amounts of hand sanitizer.

We here in real America have to contend with the fact that the number of our fellow citizens who have died from COVID-19 because of Donald Trump's incompetence is equivalent to a September 11, 2001 terror attack every day for 66 days.

We have to fret about the future of our children's education and their and their teachers' health in a Google-dominated hybrid configuration that cannot guarantee all emerge unscathed.

But in the other America--the realm of yachts, mansions with car elevators, jets that whisk the wealthy off to private islands, personal sports car showrooms--COVID-19 is not anything to fear.

Why?

Because while we languish in a land without adequate testing or contact tracing, without any definitive way of knowing whether the person behind us in the supermarket checkout line is one of 50% of asymptomatic carries who never develop symptoms, the mega-wealthy are laying out upwards of $2.6 million for international citizenship credentials to escape the plague.

They're also requiring their party guests submit to 15-minute rapid tests before coming in and living it up.

Someone who has become recently very popular among the Hamptons, NY glitterati is Dr. Asma Rashid for her members-only medical concierge service that administers real-time finger prick or nose swab COVID tests.

Her price?

$500.

She performs these tests in people's cars, and only allows them to proceed to their parties if they come back negative.

Most doctors don't even have test kits, many of which produce false negatives and can take up to two weeks for results.

According to The New York Times, many clients book Dr. Rashid in advance when they plan on having guests stay over, or throw a barbecue or wedding.

Some, though, call her in the middle of the night.

She explained:

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