Walking Dead’s Daniel Newman Has Coronavirus Symptoms, Criticizes Process

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Actor Daniel Newman, known for his role on The Walking Dead, has opened up about being hospitalized with possible coronavirus. He has shared his frustration with the lack of testing capabilities in the U.S. in his latest 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

A post shared by DANIEL NEWMAN (@danielnewman_) on Mar 20, 2020 at 12:54pm PDT

In his caption, he says that he was exposed to some people who have tested positive for COVID-19 when he was in Australia with others for Mardi Gras Pride, including Sam Smith and Dua Lipa. He added that since he also started developing symptoms, he decided to also get tested for coronavirus.

He eventually found an emergency room that had tests available after asking many clinics and hospitals, and he went in right away for testing. He continued, saying that “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.'”

In the second half of his post, he shared his disappointment with the cost, the lack of preparedness and testing capability in the U.S.:

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

Daniel Newman played the role of Daniel on The Walking Dead from 2016 to 2018. The 38-year-old actor also had roles in Sex and the City, The Vampire Diaries and Homeland.

A number of other actors have tested positive for COVID-19, including Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Idris Elba and Game of Thrones‘ Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane.

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