Yes, Abbott Labs (ABT) is barely up. But people are beginning to see the game-change. With the coming of the test and the Navica app you are able to fly up to eight hours not worrying whether the person next to you has covid.
It takes almost a full day from when you get tested negative and when you could come down with Covid-19.
In other words, let's say you wanted to fly from here to Milan, which is something I want to do because of my meager agro-tourism business, meager because Americans can't come to Italy.
That's an eight hour flight. My understanding is that airlines want to use Navica to see if you are negative before you board. With a 98% success rate for the test, which has been vetted by Hopkins, Harvard and UCSF, you should feel confident that you will be sitting next to someone who is covid free. Obviously you should still wear a mask but the seats should be clean, the air good, and your fellow travelers as negative as you are.
We still don't know enough about covid. But the scientists involved with the project believe that you have about 12 hours before you begin to get the viral load that can cause infection to someone else. I know that's not reassuring if you are on a 12 hour flight. But Milan is eight hours. So game on.
I wish there were more certainty between when you are tested and when you could come down with it. Some are saying that the true viral load needed to make someone else sick takes 24 hours to build but that seems aggressive.
What it means though is a resumption of air travel, but no end to quarantine without constant testing when you get to where you have to go. Suboptimal right now. But it won't be.
There is more good news though. The cruise ships should be sailing and can have doctors on board and you could have yourself checked every day.
Long story short: Abbott will end the issues of flying and cruising. Of course it is another story when you get there. But boarding will be solved.
So I expect the rally in travel to continue.