A fashion Influencer used a personal connection to get a coronavirus test amid a national testing shortage
  • Fashion blogger and influencer Arielle Charnas shared a recent health scare with her 1.3 million Instagram followers on Monday, posting several videos to her Instagram story in which she detailed her symptoms (fever and a sore throat).
  • When followers responded by telling her to get tested for COVID-19 — the illness caused by the novel coronavirus — Charnas replied that she did not meet the criteria to be tested.
  • However, in an updated story, Charnas posted a video of herself getting a test swab for both the flu and coronavirus — thanks to a doctor friend who she tagged in the video. 
  • Charnas' apparent access to the test amid national shortages has sparked outrage on Twitter. 
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Fashion influencer Arielle Charnas, who runs the blog Something Navy, has been sharing her recent coronavirus health scare with her 1.3 million Instagram followers.

In a story posted on Monday, the fashion blogger said she'd been feeling ill for the past two days and was experiencing a sore throat and fever.  

In a follow-up video, Charnas said that she'd received DMs from followers advising she be tested for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. In response to the messages, she explained that she did not meet the criteria to be tested for the virus — and a doctor had advised her to quarantine at home, as the condition sounded like the flu. 

However, Charnas posted another story explaining that a friend — Dr. Jake Jake Deutsch, who runs the Cure Urgent Care facility on the Upper West Side of New York City — had agreed to test her for the flu and COVID-19. Naturally, she also posted an Instagram story of the actual swab test.

BuzzFeed News reported on Charnas' health situation which quickly sparked a backlash online. 

"THE LATEST COOL NEW PERK FOR INFLUENCERS — getting tested quickly for coronavirus, while everyone else waits," New York Times Reporter Kenenth Vogel tweeted in response to the article. 

"Still fuming that something navy went and used one of the like 5 tests we have," Twitter user @alainapol22 wrote in a post. 

"Influencers are always getting everything first," writer Michael Williams added.

Charnas is not the only VIP who's been able to access a coronavirus test amid national shortages.

Idris Elba, who admitted to exhibiting "no symptoms" of the virus, was tested for COVID-19 and NBA's Utah Jazz was able to procure 58 tests for players and personnel. 

The testing discrepancy has not gone unnoticed by Twitter.

"If you're going to the hospital for a covid-19 test make sure you bring with you a valid form of identification along with a printout of your IMDB page and/or your Basketball Reference stats," Twitter user @sreekyshooter wrote. 

On Tuesday morning, Charnas updated her followers with another Instagram story, writing that her temperature had remained at 98.4 and that whatever virus she had contracted was "weird."

Charnas posted a follow-up Instagram story on Tuesday.
Screenshot/Arielle Charnas/Instagram

She followed the story with an Instagram post, which she said would be the "last time" she talked about her illness on Instagram.

"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 captioned the photo. "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. It feels like we're all in a bad dream right now but I'm determined to bring back some normalcy to our lives."

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It’s been 4 days since I started feeling incredibly sick. 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) 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. It feels like we’re all in a bad dream right now but I’m determined to bring back some normalcy to our lives. This is the last time I’m going to talk about feeling sick right now on my Instagram and move on to the things that make me happy, like my kids, family life, fashion and work. If it offends anyone or seems as though I’m being insensitive during this time, I’m sorry but it’s what I’ve chosen to do. Back to regular content/programming. Can’t wait to post my partnerships and my outfits from inside my apt every day. I promise they will be better than this one ? – love you all, stay home and stay healthy!

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Arielle Charnas did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

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