There is a growing number of celebrities who are being tested positive for COVID-19, Marianne Faithfull and Pink being the latest ones in date in the music world. The list grows every day, including John Prine (still in the hospital), Jackson Browne, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, singer-songwriters Christopher Cross and Sara Bareilles, rappers Slim Thug, Scarface, and YNW Melly, pop singer Charlotte Lawrence, Bon Jovi’s keyboardist David Bryan, opera singer Placido Domingo, singer of Eurodance Cascada Natalie Horner, country singer Ray Benson (of Asleep at the Wheel), record producer (Ozzy Osbourne, Cardi B) Andrew Watt and I am not talking about the ones who have succumbed to the virus, country music singers Jan Howard and Joe Diffie, Fountain of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, jazz saxophonist Manu Dibango, jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr, jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney, songwriter Allan Merrill, New Wave pop singer Cristina… and this is only for the music scene. There is also a long list of actors and TV personalities from Tom Hanks to Idris Elba, Olga Kurylenko, Kristofer Hivju, Andy Cohen, Chris Cuomo and political personalities from Boris Johnson to Rand Paul, Prince Albert of Monaco and Prince Charles… the list goes on and on, fortunately, many of them don’t have serious but just mild symptoms,
So why are so many celebrities positive for the virus when I don’t know anyone around me who has been tested? Probably because they have been in contact with many people while doing concerts? It’s a possibility, but experts tend to believe many people are infected right now after all many were partying and going to concerts not a long time ago, but we just don’t know how many are out there.
One important point is that they are celebrities and they have access to better healthcare and get the opportunity to take the test contrarily to you and me. Pink said it herself when she explained she was positive for the virus:
‘Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative. It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities. In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.’
She said it, her physician had access to tests, and I don’t, people who are not celebrities don’t. If I visit the website of my city, this is what I get:
‘For the moment, these tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable.
Individuals eligible for testing at this time include:
– Those with symptoms who are 65 and older
– Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
– Those who are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining)’
I am not falling in any of these categories, so if tomorrow I feel sick, I won’t very probably get access to a test, I have read many stories about people asking for a test and not being tested. As Pink said ‘we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children.’
So don’t be fooled by the number of celebrities being positive for coronavirus, they just represent the right portion of their population and we would get the same proportion of regular people positive if the entire population had access to a test.
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