Despite having coronavirus symptoms, Walking Dead star Daniel Newman couldn’t get tested in ER
As countless Americans report being unable to access crucial coronavirus tests, the latest impacted by tight restrictions was openly gay Walking Dead star, Daniel Newman.
The 38-year-old said Friday on Instagram he is self-quarantining with suspected COVID-19 symptoms.
Newman explained that a trip to the emergency room – in which clinicians denied him a test under current health department rules – has opened his eyes to how the US is “not prepared” for the pandemic.
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Thanks for all the concern! I guess a lot of #WalkingDead fans saw me in the emergency room regarding #CoronaVirus. Sorry I didn’t reply I needed time to process. So here’s what happened. Yes I was just in Australia with Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, and thousands of people from around the world for Mardi Gras Pride. I was exposed to some sick people and I started developing symptoms and then back in the states I was notified someone in our group tested positive for #Covid19. I spent all day calling every urgent care and hospital no one had tests! Finally I found one emergency room that told me my symptoms match and to come in immediately. I did all the tests and they told me because I have “mild symptoms“ the government won’t allow them to process my tests! They don’t have enough they’re not prepared, even though all my symptoms match. They’re only allowed to process “severe symptoms, elderly, or people recently in Italy and China”. It cost me $9,116!! and they didn’t even give me results. They sent me home and tons of other ill people that could potentially infect their communities, just telling us to “self Quarantine“. Why after almost 3 months since China is our country not prepared with tests, masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper! Why after one day of shaky stock markets did they invest 1.5 trillion into the markets, but not the Healthcare system after three months! This was not a surprise, this was not being prepared. We’ve already gone through #H1N1 #SARS why didn’t we have a pandemic unit ready when this happens every few years!? Everyone please treat each other with kindness and Love ❤️! We are all going through this together. Young people are not immune, thousands of people are dying around the world. Please be safe, wash your hands, stay 6 feet or more away from people and stay home. I love you guys so much you can get a hold of me on here or Twitter if you need to talk I’m here for you. Love – D
Daniel Newman: Someone in my Mardi Gras group tested positive for coronavirus.
In the post, Newman said that several Walking Dead fans spotted him in emergency rooms following his recent trip to Australia.
“I was exposed to some sick people and I started developing symptoms and then back in the [S]tates I was notified someone in our group tested positive for Covid19,” Newman wrote.
“I spent all day calling every urgent care and hospital,” he wrote, adding that none of them had tests.
“Finally I found one emergency room that told me my symptoms match and to come in immediately.
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I did all the tests and they told me because I have ‘mild symptoms’ the government won’t allow them to process my tests!
Many in the States have detailed the near Kafka-esque experiences of trying to get COVID-19 testing kits in a health care system that experts say is unprepared for the incoming wave of patients that will pelt it.
The lack of accessible testing kits has hampered efforts of health authorities and the Trump administration to contain the virus.
As Newman described: “They’re only allowed to process ‘severe symptoms, elderly, or people recently in Italy and China’.
“It cost me $9,116! And they didn’t even give me results.”
He was eventually released from the hospitalized and sent home to self-quarantine in case he had acquired the virus.
Newsman urged fans and followers to, “be safe, wash your hands, stay 6 feet or more away from people and stay home.”