Skip to comments.Celebrities get virus tests, raising concerns of inequality
Posted on 03/19/2020 7:18:55 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes faced a backlash this week as many revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didnt have a fever or other tell-tale symptoms.
Thats fueling a perception that the wealthy and famous have been able to jump to the head of the line to get tested while others have been turned away or met with long delays.
The concerns over preferential treatment underscore a fundamental truth about inequalities baked into the American health care system those with the financial means can often receive a different level of service.
Asked about the issue Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the well-to-do and well-connected shouldnt get priority for coronavirus tests. [ ]
On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets professional basketball team announced the entire team was tested last week upon returning from San Francisco after a game against the Golden State Warriors. The team found a private lab to do the work, and on Tuesday announced that four of its players were positive for the virus, including perennial All-Star Kevin Durant.
Even though public health resources were not used, it raised the ire of many, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
We wish them a speedy recovery, the mayor wrote on Twitter. But, with all due respect, an entire NBA team should NOT get tested for COVID-19 while there are critically ill patients waiting to be tested. Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick.
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But the celebrities sang “Imagine” for us peasants! It’s the least we can do to give them preferential treatment during a crisis!
Thank God the “important” people are being taken care of...
We’re all equal, but some are more equal than others.
Paging Claude Raines
It took three authors to suggest that people might resent special treatment for celebrities?
Gosh, are people actually waking up finally? Do they finally realize we live in an aristocracy?
All that fancy, exotic, expensive cuisine they consume puts them at higher risk than us.
I noticed that. Very interesting. One might wonder what the real numbers of infections out there really are among those who are surrounded very closely by large numbers of customers. Are we going to see a big and unpleasant surprise?
Never miss an opportunity to plug communist health care (that works so well in Cuba).
I know of 7 people who have all the symptoms but they wont test them because theyre not in high risk category. One 40 yr old woman has 105 fever cough...sent home to isolate and told how to treat herself. There are a lot more cases than being told.
This is just occurring to people??????????
OK, so you dont have symptoms yet you do get tested. Then what? Best case, nothing - you know that you havent been contagious - so far.
If you do have the virus, now you know it - and youre quarantined.
Getting tested is a public service.
The iron law of oligarchy is a political theory, first developed by the German syndicalist sociologist Robert Michels in his 1911 book, Political Parties.
The iron law of oligarchy states that all forms of organization, regardless of how democratic or autocratic they may be at the start, will eventually and inevitably develop oligarchic tendencies, thus making true democracy practically and theoretically impossible, especially in large groups and complex organizations. The relative structural fluidity in a small-scale democracy succumbs to social viscosity in a large-scale organization. According to the iron law, democracy and large-scale organization are incompatible.
Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes are on your side until they’re not.
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