The former “My Life on the D-List” reality show star shared a photo of her wearing a mask in a bed at what she said was “a major hospital ER.” She wrote that she was unable to be tested “because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions.”
Citing a tweet from President Donald Trump that falsely claimed the U.S. had done more coronavirus testing than any nation, Griffin wrote: “He’s lying.”
He’s lying. I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions. #TESTTESTTEST
A post shared by Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) on Mar 25, 2020 at 12:52pm PDT
A fact check by CNN on Wednesday revealed that “while the US has overtaken South Korea in total numbers of coronavirus tests administered, it has conducted far fewer tests per capita given the US population is more than six times larger than South Korea’s.”
Tests for the coronavirus remain in short supply. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for testing say: “Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing).”
Griffin has been a strident critic of Trump. In 2017, she posted a bloody image of herself holding a fake severed head of the president. She said her shows were canceled, she lost celebrity friends and she was questioned by the Secret Service amid the outcry.
HuffPost has reached out to her rep.
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