Richard Wilkins rebuked amid coronavirus pandemic: “You’re not that special”
Richard Wilkins is due to wrap up self-quarantining this week after spending over 19 days at home just to receive a negative test result.
The Weekend Today host will be moving from his own self-isolation to the strict stage three social distancing measures that the country has in place.
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However, after posting to social media of his good news, there was one detail many fans could not overlook, and as a result criticised the TV star.
People took to Wilkin’s Instagram comments to slam the host for “using up” coronavirus test kits after revealing he had used FOUR in just 19 days.
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The 65-year-old initially caught the deadly virus in the beginning of March, but despite testing positive three time, he has not experienced any symptoms of the disease.
“So I’ve now returned a positive result THREE times. Still can’t believe it as I still have ZERO symptoms,” he wrote in an Instagram post to which he received swift backlash questioning why he was permitted to test four times.
Many reports have noted coronavirus test kits were scarce in parts of Australia due to incredibly high demand.
Just this week and last, thousands of test kits were sent around the nation to boost stock levels.
One disgruntled person took to the comments to ask: “Why is it that you have been tested three times, yet there is a shortage of test kits for COVID-19 worldwide, including Australia?”
Another said: “You can get tested three times but they won't test the average person showing symptoms?”
“Stop using all the tests up please. There is not enough tests to go around. Stay inside longer, you're not that special,” another person said to which Wilkins responded he was simply following his doctor’s orders.
The Channel 9 star went into isolation after testing positive to his first test on March 15, where he then went to social media to tell his followers he would not be leaving his house until getting the all clear from medical professionals.
He still maintains he has not had any symptoms from the virus.
“The suggestion is that days after the last symptom, people should ‘assume’ that they're over this thing and ‘proceed with caution!’,” he said on Instagram.
“I find this totally unacceptable and irresponsible! I completely understand the fact that the last thing the health department wants to do is spend days retesting people like me and God knows that I don't want to soak up resources.
“But I don't see how I can walk out my front door until I have a clean bill of health! I know the health system is fighting a huge battle and resources are stretched, but in clear conscience I can't put others at risk until I'm assured I'm not positive anymore.”
This article originally appeared on Over60.