I feel a software-development management article coming on.
Of course it isn’t just software that is subject to this rule/mantra. In life in general, we really can’t have it all. I’d sort of come to terms with that but now this lovely pandemic has taken it to new heights. “Good” is defined for us: it must be a PCR test. Any old test won’t do. And forget “cheap”: It isn’t even on offer. That leaves “fast.”
What constitutes “fast” in this context? To board a flight to the USA, I need a timely COVID-19 test. The stick must go up my nose no longer than 72 hours before my departure time. Simple, eh? Not so fast. The test must also be time-certain. I must have my negative result in hand as I try to board my flight.
Now, the “good” test takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours to be processed. Factor in weekends, statutory holidays, clinic hours, and schedules of available appointments, and it’s easy to see that I might not be able to book a test at the outer range of that 72-hour window. But if I book within it — say, as just one hypothetical example, a mere 48 hours before my flight — I run the risk of not having my result fast enough.
The free market for test results will catch up with these requirements, I have no doubt. Next year I expect we’ll have oodles of options for a fast test.
Some of them may even be cheap.
That would be good.