Reason # 58 not to come to the ER for your flu symptoms:
Other than sitting for hours in the waiting room, we will be doing a "flu swab". That is, if we have any. There is a shortage of flu swab culturettes.
So what is a flu test like? You know when you accidentally get water up your knows, that kind of painful feeling? That's kind of what getting a flu test is like. The culturette is a long wire thing with a qtip type thing on the end. We stick it into your nostril. It has to go in a ways to get the sample. Its not fun.
So don't come if you don't want us cranking something up your nostril