WORCESTER — The line snaked around the first parking lot and back into a second outside Community Healthlink on Thursday, and Wakana Gates was unsure she had enough time during her lunch break to wait for a COVID-19 test.
“I don’t want to hurt anyone,” Gates said as she debated joining the line.
Gates explained she tested weekly for the virus to ensure she would keep her children safe. So far, she had not tested positive.
But COVID-19 wasn’t the only virus on Gates’ mind: flu season is just around the corner.
And Gates noted the viruses’ similar symptoms complicate diagnosis, that a weakened immunity from one virus made it more likely to pick up the other or exacerbate symptoms, and that the two viruses were airborne.
“It’s very scary,” Gates said.
She is not the only one concerned.
Amid a steadily increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Worcester and