There’s been a lot of people testing positive for COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. A whole lot of people. So many that the World Health Organization has deemed it a pandemic. As a result of how rapidly things are spreading, there’s been a bit of a run on testing as there is still a lot of uncertainty around things, and you can be infected without showing symptoms for days, sometimes even weeks. But even though actor Nyle Dimarco has been showing almost all of the symptoms having contracted COVID-19, he refuses to be tested.
“I’ve been really sick and am now on the mend,” the actor wrote in an Instagram post. He also signed the entire message. “It is very possible I contracted coronavirus and I have access to get tested but I do not want to. The reason is because there is a shortage of COVID-19 test kits in the U.S. and the sick patients need it more than I do.”
Indeed there are! As multiple celebrities get tested regardless of whether they are showing symptoms or not, there are many people showing symptoms of the virus who simply can’t get tested because hospitals don’t have enough supplies to do so.
Dimarco reported he has had fever, body chills, a sore throat, and a mild cough. He also said that he hasn’t had a sense of taste or smell, which recently has been included in possible symptoms.
“I knew I wasn’t a high risk so I stayed calm,” he wrote. High risk individuals include those over 60 or those who are immunocompromised. So, the actor and activist texted with his doctor and decided to self-quarantine. He’s since recovered.
“I’d like to stress that testing is important,” he wrote. “Widespread testing has been a key part for some countries like South Korea’s efforts in handling COVID-19. In a perfect world, I’d take the test. Unfortunately the U.S. lacks enough test kits. If you are healthy and have no respiratory issues, I encourage you to be mindful of sick patients that need to get tested more than you do.”
The strategy is one that many are being advised of. Short of respiratory issues developing, people are being told to continue social distancing, protect themselves if they must go out in public, and stay hydrated. In the meanwhile, we can copy (or just watch) the at home workout that Dimarco has posted to Instagram.