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Inequality Of Access

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With the spread of COVID-19, celebrities are beginning to reveal their diagnosis. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were the first to announce that they had contracted the virus while abroad in Australia, and Idris Elba was the next big name to be tested positive publicly. He wrote on Twitter:

"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."

However, people began to point out the fact that so many celebrities -- including Kris Jenner -- were able to get tested for coronavirus despite being asymptomatic. It seemed to be a real class divide.

This Actor Is Taking A Stand

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Nyle DiMarco, a deaf actor from shows like Station 19 and model who won Dancing With The Stars, revealed on social media that he most likely contracted coronavirus. However, he explained that he didn't get tested because America is suffering from such an overwhelming shortage of available tests. He wrote:

"I’ve been really sick and I am now on the mend. 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."

Luckily He's On The Mend

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DiMarco also uploaded a video of himself further explaining his reasons. He signed:

"I'd really like to stress the importance of testing. Of course testing is critical and it's been proven in some countries like South Korea to greatly help the efforts of combating Coronavirus. In a perfect world I would take that test.

However, the U.S. lacks enough test kits for everyone. if you are healthy and if you have no respiratory issues I strongly encourage you to be mindful of sick patients and allow them to get tested if they need it more than you do. And please stay home. We're all in this together. Let's do it."

He later tweeted that he was back to 100%, "Just that I need my ability to taste and smell back (not my hearing though please thanks)."

Are More Tests On The Way?

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However, while this current lack of tests sounds exceptionally bleak, there is hope on the way: the FDA recently gave emergency approval to the first rapid point-of-care test to detect COVID-19. Called SAR-CoV-2 Xpert Xpress, the test was developed by Molecular diagnostics company Cepheid and can produce results in approximately 45 minutes.

Dr. David Persing, Cheif Medical and Technology Officer at Cepheid explained to People:

"During this time of increased demand for hospital services, Clinicians urgently need an on-demand diagnostic test for real-time management of patients being evaluated for admission to health-care facilities.

An accurate test delivered close to the patient can be transformative — and help alleviate the pressure that the emergence of the 2019-nCoV outbreak has put on healthcare facilities that need to properly allocate their respiratory isolation resources."

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