We needed to prove that we were Covid free to take a vacation to Maine this summer; and we had to complete this 72 hours prior to departure. We went to a clinic nearby that had 24 hour results. Medicare paid for my tests but not for expediting the results-$100 fee. My wife is too young for Medicare and the lady giving the test let it be known: "do you have any symptoms...headache, lack appetite, fever etc" She repeated this several times...until we "caught on"...if you have any symptoms then the test is at no charge vs $300. So happens my wife had a stomach ache (could it be from my cooking from nite before?) and that resulted in her test being at no charge (still $100 to expedite results).
By the way the test was painless, which contradicted several other friends findings. Apparently this clinic didn't do the method of sticking the q tip deep into the nasal passages (pain)...they said this method was just as effective.
We fly to Maine (beat the Houston heat) for a 5 day bicycle ride going from town to town staying at B&B's/hotels in various cities. The cycling company moved our luggage between cities while we pedaled along the hilly coastline. Our experience showed only one hotel even asked us to show our Covid papers.
Going forward seems nobody really knows the dynamics for the Fall/Winter season. I've read that the Sars is mutating into other viruses but they are less harmful, but still contagious. Other reports say do not take the flu shot along with the Sars shot (whenever it comes out). I know we all long to see the "norm" return as soon as possible; and others suggest this is the new "norm." Time will tell.
May all of you be safe and at peace during these days.