People are criticising celebs for getting coronavirus tests despite having no symptoms

18 March 2020, 15:00

By Sam Prance

Celebrities appear to be getting coronavirus tests with ease while normal people with serious symptoms are being ignored.

Celebrities without coronavirus symptoms are being slammed for getting COVID-19 tests when they don't really need them.

Coronavirus was recently declared a global health emergency with over 200,000 cases confirmed worldwide so far. The NHS states that COVID-19 is a "new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus". The virus is particularly dangerous to those over the age of 70 and people are being advised to self-isolate to stop it spreading.

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If you have symptoms, it's recommended that you stay at home and self-isolate for seven days, unless you physically cannot cope, in which case, it's recommended that you contact the NHS or your local hospital. Since the outbreak, celebrities with mild symptoms, or none at all, have been tested for the illness and people are calling them out, as others in need are unable to get them.

Coronavirus: Celebs called out for getting COVID-19 tests without symptoms
Coronavirus: Celebs called out for getting COVID-19 tests without symptoms. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images, @idriselba via Instagram

Over the past couple of weeks, celebrities including Tom Hanks and Idris Elba have confirmed that they tested positive for coronavirus and are being kept in isolation. Tom had mild symptoms, while Idris said he had 'no symptoms so far'. Meanwhile, Kris Jenner reportedly got tested for the illness after attending a party where a person was infected. The results reportedly came back negative.

At the same time, there have been multiple reports that hospitalised people with severe coronavirus symptoms are currently unable to get tested due to the unprecedented amount of people suffering from the illness. Given how serious COVID-19 is, people are calling out celebrities for wasting time and resources when other people are in desperate need of tests.

One person tweeted: "COVID-19 tests for people without symptoms need to be reserved for people w/ ESSENTIAL jobs... NOT KRIS JENNER". Another added: "Hang on a fucking minute. How can Idris Elba get a test when he's showing no symptoms but we have to be hospitalised to get a test? What the fucks that all about?"

It seems that celebrities are not just to blame though because private clinics are selling COVID-19 tests for profit and letting those in need go without them.

Still, if you're only showing mild coronavirus symptoms and you aren't over the age of 70 or pregnant, it's advised that you self-isolate so that doctors can help those who are severely affected by it.

What do you think? Should celebrities not get tested?