Nyle DiMarco May Have Coronavirus, Won’t Waste Test to Confirm

"There are so many sick patients out there who need access more than I do."

Nyle DiMarco believes he may have contracted COVID-19, but he has chosen to self-quarantine at home rather than take a test to confirm the diagnosis.

“I’ve been really sick and I am now on the mend,” the 30-year-old deaf model and activist wrote Saturday on social media. “It is very possible I contracted coronavirus and I have access to get tested but I do not want to.”

“I chose against it,” DiMarco signed in a video. “Because the United States right now is going through a vast shortage of tests. There are so many sick patients out there who need access more than I do.”

The sexually fluid America’s Next Top Model and Dancing With the Stars winner explained that for 48 hours starting last Sunday, he experienced a spiked fever, chills, sore throat, mild cough, and a lack of smell and taste, which are all possible COVID-19 symptoms.

“Knowing that I wasn’t high risk, I texted my doctor to communicate, I kept myself in self-quarantine, and I kept an eye on my respiratory system in case any issues showed up,” continued DiMarco, who remains isolated. “Because I knew that if it worsened, it could be fatal. But I recovered.”

“I’d really like to stress the importance of testing,” he concluded. “Of course, testing is critical and it’s been proven in some countries like South Korea to greatly help the efforts of combating coronavirus. Now, in a perfect world I would take that test. However, the U.S. lacks enough test kits for everyone. If you are healthy and if you have no respiratory issues, I strongly encourage you to be mindful of sick patients and allow them to get tested if they need it more than you do. And please stay home.”

The Walking Dead actor Daniel Newman, who is gay, also believes he has COVID-19 but was unable to get tested because he didn’t meet the criteria.

Experts have warned that the novel coronavirus could have a uniquely devastating impact on queer communities.

Andy Cohen announced Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Other celebrities battling the disease include Debi Mazar, Daniel Dae Kim, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Kevin Durant, Kristofer Hivju, and Colton Underwood.

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