In recent weeks, we've seen how easily politicians, celebrities, social media influencers, and even entire N.B.A. teams have gained access to tests and treatment.
One of the main takeaways so far from the coronavirus pandemic has been the stark disparity between the doors that open for the elite vs everyone else. While getting tested for the virus is proving to be next to impossible for countless individuals experiencing symptoms, the same cannot be said for celebrities. On one hand, the hashtag #CDCWontTestMe has been circulating on Twitter with many sharing their repeatedly failed attempts to get tested. On the other—as with everything else in life,—the elite have no trouble getting tested irrespective of whether they are symptomatic or not.
In recent weeks, we've seen how easily politicians, celebrities, social media influencers, and even entire N.B.A. teams have gained access to tests and treatment. As this list of rich, famous, and powerful people grows day by day, it poses some serious questions about why commoners aren't privy to the same, especially since it concerns a virus that has spread across the globe and claimed thousands within a few months. Seeing as how the only way out of this right now is curbing the spread of the pandemic, you'd think it's vital that everyone gets tested without fame and money being qualifying parameters.
@jaredpolis there are so many people like me + friends. Young, have all the symptoms, are in the ER and not being tested. We want to be tested & counted. It's not happening! #CoronavirusOutbreak#coronavirus #COVID19 #TESTVIRUSNOW #cdc #cdcwonttestme @CNN @CDCgov pic.twitter.com/AgPRIQFq92— Katie Green (@cosunbeautie) March 17, 2020
10th day extremely sick in hospital isolation . No test kits here . We are just treating my symptoms as they show up CPAP helps me a lot pic.twitter.com/h0tZICUqmK— Sean Turner (@allareblessed) March 16, 2020
Charles Barkley speaks on his self-quarantine as he awaits the results of his coronavirus test:— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) March 13, 2020
"I haven't been feeling great and they didn't want me to take any chances"pic.twitter.com/p40Db9Xgqz
My 16 year old daughter temperature since Friday , raging from 40-38 being the lowest , all flu symptoms & symptoms of vivid-19 yet after many calls to NHS111 they still refuse to test - well until we can’t manage her at home , deaths door !! 😡 pic.twitter.com/qbXRAzJFOS— Samantha 🛍💕💋🇬🇧 (@HaywardSammi) March 16, 2020
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
#CDCwonttestme— phillip ricardo (@PRicardoPhoto) March 19, 2020
Day 6 of symptoms (high fever, bodyaches, labored breathing, extremly thick bloody phlegm, confusion, nausea) and refusal to be tested by ANYONE. went to urgent care, was given antibiotics and syrup. Was in proximity with Known cases of #BrooklynNets at laker game
I'm sitting in a hospital bed possibly with #COVID19 and I can't get tested even though the entire nursing and doctor staff thinks I should. It's not the hospitals.@jaketapper @RepSteveStivers @senrobportman @SenSherrodBrown pic.twitter.com/5KtXoLWgjU— Rob Michaels (@robmichaelsII) March 17, 2020
What in the world is wrong with America LMFAO my uncle who was in FRANCE had a roommate test positive for COVID19 and they won’t test him because he has no symptoms WHAT IS AMERICA ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/MkLECIFUXg— Jaaz (@jaaznotjasmine) March 13, 2020
My mom (in nyc) has a cold — she’s a nurse practitioner in her 70s.... and she is plugged into the health system and can’t get tested.— firstname.lastname@example.org (@Jason) March 15, 2020
Are these tests actually happening??? Has anyone following me been tested or had a loved one tested? What day were you tested/where?
A coworker was on the Grand Princess. 2 visits to Kaiser and I still can't get tested for COVID. Been sick for over a week with ALL the symptoms. Celebs & athletes with no symptoms are getting tested daily. More money=better health care. Not right. @GavinNewsom @SpeakerPelosi pic.twitter.com/j0nLWfdDq6— Joey Childress (@JoeyChildress7) March 17, 2020
Celine Dion calls off shows because of 'common cold' after testing negative for coronavirus https://t.co/OFeZKtRJgT— The Independent (@Independent) March 11, 2020
While these clear displays of elitism and preferential treatment have sparked a national debate about a testing system that already came with a rocky start, as usual, President Trump seems content with turning a blind eye towards the disparity. When asked during a news conference whether "the well-connected go to the front of the line," he simply replied: "You’d have to ask them that question. Perhaps that’s been the story of life. That does happen on occasion, and I’ve noticed where some people have been tested fairly quickly." The President of the United States, ladies and gentlemen.