Daniel Newman, an actor who appeared in 10 episodes of The Walking Dead has not only struggled to get tested after showing symptoms for COVID 19 — the disease caused by the coronavirus — but also to get the results, according to People.
After recently traveling to Australia with a group of friends for Mardi Gras Pride, Newman, who featured as a member of Ezekiel’s (Khary Payton) Kingdom community in The Walking Dead, started to feel unwell.
“I was just in Australia with Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, and thousands of people from around the world for Mardi Gras Pride,” Newman posted to his Instagram account, along with a picture of himself in a hospital bed.
He noted that during his stay in Australia, he had become exposed to some sick individuals and later developed symptoms himself. Then, when a member in his group tested positive for coronavirus, he decided it was time to undergo a test as well. However, that turned out to be harder than expected, according to the star, as he called multiple hospitals and urgent care facilities in order to relay his symptoms, only to be repeatedly knocked back. Finally, one emergency room said that he had symptoms associated with the virus and was asked to come in for testing.
Afterward, he was sent home to self-quarantine. In addition, he was told that even though he had undergone testing — which had cost $9,116 to do — it would not be processed.
“I did all the tests and they told me because I have ‘mild symptoms’ the government won’t allow them to process my tests!” Newman alleged in his Instagram post.
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Thanks for all the concern! I guess a lot of #WalkingDead fans saw me in the emergency room regarding #CoronaVirus. Sorry I didn’t reply I needed time to process. So here’s what happened. Yes I was just in Australia with Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, and thousands of people from around the world for Mardi Gras Pride. I was exposed to some sick people and I started developing symptoms and then back in the states I was notified someone in our group tested positive for #Covid19. I spent all day calling every urgent care and hospital no one had tests! Finally I found one emergency room that told me my symptoms match and to come in immediately. I did all the tests and they told me because I have “mild symptoms“ the government won’t allow them to process my tests! They don’t have enough they’re not prepared, even though all my symptoms match. They’re only allowed to process “severe symptoms, elderly, or people recently in Italy and China”. It cost me $9,116!! and they didn’t even give me results. They sent me home and tons of other ill people that could potentially infect their communities, just telling us to “self Quarantine“. Why after almost 3 months since China is our country not prepared with tests, masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper! Why after one day of shaky stock markets did they invest 1.5 trillion into the markets, but not the Healthcare system after three months! This was not a surprise, this was not being prepared. We’ve already gone through #H1N1 #SARS why didn’t we have a pandemic unit ready when this happens every few years!? Everyone please treat each other with kindness and Love ❤️! We are all going through this together. Young people are not immune, thousands of people are dying around the world. Please be safe, wash your hands, stay 6 feet or more away from people and stay home. I love you guys so much you can get a hold of me on here or Twitter if you need to talk I’m here for you. Love – D
He then went on to explain that he was informed that the healthcare system was ill-equipped to deal with the pandemic and that even though his symptoms matched, they would only be “allowed to process severe symptoms, elderly, or people recently in Italy and China.”
The actor then went on to criticize the U.S. government for not doing enough and being ill-prepared, even though there was plenty of early warning regarding the coronavirus as it continued to develop in China.
“Why after almost 3 months since China is our country not prepared with tests, masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper! Why after one day of shaky stock markets did they invest 1.5 trillion into the markets, but not the Healthcare system after three months!”
The actor then concluded his Instagram post by telling fans to be safe during the pandemic and to make sure they always following social distancing and hygiene suggestions at this time, as younger individuals are certainly not immune to the virus.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, two other actors — Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson — were quarantined to a local hospital in Australia recently after testing positive for the coronavirus.