So it was not just me - saw this article this weekend
Why does it seem the rich and famous get tested for coronavirus while others don’t? It’s complicated
Some celebs and politicians have received tests and results within hours, while others have coughed and stressed for over a week
Dennis Magnasco, a 32-year-old Harvard University graduate student from Somerville, was tested for COVID-19 on March 18 as he battled a hacking cough, high fever, and shortness of breath. Eleven days later, he was still waiting for the results.
Meantime, he watched others, including Harvard’s president, Lawrence S. Bacow, US Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, and state health commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel receive tests and results in a mere fraction of the time. Smart had no symptoms, Pressley was feverish, Bacow and his wife had fevers and chills, and Bharel described her illness as mild.
Some celebrities, politicians, and top athletes, many with mild infections or no symptoms at all, have seemingly received tests and results in hours, while others have coughed and stressed for over a week. Discussion of this divide has bounced around virtual meeting rooms and burned across social media: Just how does a person qualify for a test and how long should they have to wait for results?
Power and prestige certainly help: Witness the Boston Celtics enlisting a private company to conduct testing in mid-March when tests were hard to come by for just about any other Massachusetts resident.
But across the state, there remains wide disparities in who gets tested and how fast they get results.
A 60-year-old emergency room nurse at a hospital in Greater Boston said he couldn’t get a test, despite having had a sore throat, cough, and headache for days, in addition to his diabetes and related nerve damage. The nurse said the hospital he works for requires a temperature of 100.4 to qualify for a COVID-19 test. His is 99.1.