Influencer tests positive for COVID-19 after controversial access to screening

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Arielle Charnas, an influencer and designer, tested positive for COVID-19. (Image via Getty Images/Instagram).

A New York-based influencer revealed she has tested positive for COVID-19 after drawing criticism for sharing her testing process with her more than 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

Arielle Charnas, the designer behind the clothing brand, Something Navy, took to social media to share the news that she is a confirmed case of COVID-19. The news comes just days after Charnas documented receiving a drive through test at Cure Urgent Care, a clinic on the Upper West Side. The 33-year-old drew criticism after it was reported that she used her personal connection with the clinic’s owner, Dr. Jake Deutsch, to secure the test while the United States experiences a national testing shortage.

Arielle Charnas shared her COVID-19 testing process with her 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

“I realize that there are many individuals, both in New York City, and nationwide, who do not have the ability to receive immediate medical care at the first sign of sickness, and access to care is #1 priority in a time like this,” Charnas wrote in a statement confirming her diagnosis. “It is the responsibility of our government offices to ensure all Americans can access necessary tests and I acknowledge how lucky I am to have had that access.”

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On Tuesday, Charnas shared with followers in an Instagram post that she had been feeling “incredibly sick” for the past four days.

“Each day the symptoms evolve into something else and while I can’t imagine how I’d ever catch coronavirus (from what I know I haven’t been in contact with anyone who has it),” Charnas told followers. “I’m dealing with the weirdest virus I’ve ever had since mono. I’m so happy my fever is gone but the body pain that I’m feeling today is unlike anything else.”

At the time, Charnas said her doctor had told her to quarantine herself at home. It was only after she began receiving messages from of her followers that she sought testing for COVID-19.

According to her latest statement, her symptoms began with a “dry throat” before she felt a heaviness in her chest and developed a fever of 100.6.

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“I had a horrible headache and sinus pressure. I have zero appetite no taste or smell,” Charnas told followers. “Finally, what I have been dealing with now which has been the worst are the horrible body aches and skin sensitivity, like debilitating. Keeping me up all night.”

Charnas shared her symptoms with fans. (Image via Instagram/ArielleCharnas).

After she received her test results, Charnas said she was instructed by doctors to “quarantine [and] self-isolate, get lots of rest and drink fluids” and contact friends and family that she has been in close contact with.

Charnas said that her two daughters have yet to show any symptoms but her husband, Brandon, has developed a fever.

“We are truly in an unprecedented time, but if social media has taught us anything in the past couple of days, it’s that we are all in this together. I know that many of you are scared and anxious, but please, follow the directive of the medical and government communities and please be kind to one another.”

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