With the 2020 Census, many are already experiencing unwelcome snoops at their door. In Houston, however, it's about to get a whole lot worse. If you are a Houston resident you should be hesitant when asking 'Who's there', as the punch line might not be very funny at all.
Mayor Sylvester Turner has authorized a new study that will send city workers in 'Better Together' t-shirts to random houses asking for blood.
These city workers are health department and fire department paramedics.
According to Mayor Turner:
“If we knock on your door, I strongly encourage you and your loved ones to participate in this important survey,”
The purpose is to find out who has had Covid19.
According to Dr. Loren Hopkins with the Houston Health Department:
"We're looking for not only how many people out there have the presence of an antibody, which means their body's generated mechanisms to fight the virus, but also what that level of the antibody is"
That last part of the quote is key. This isn't your run of the mill, one and done 'Government-takes-your-blood-in-a-random-drawing'.
There will be follow ups in January of 2021 that will require more blood to determine any changes in the antibodies, as well as a second random selection of new participants.
Many may, understandably, have a bit of skepticism about all of this. It is rather intrusive. But to easy everyone's mind the Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse as emphasized the survey will not include any questions about social security numbers or bank accounts.
Well that's good, I guess.