Self-described D-list comedian Kathy Griffin ended up in the hospital over a coronavirus scare, she said.
The anti-Trump entertainer was released from the emergency room after experiencing “unbearably painful” symptoms that set in after a trip to Mexico. Griffin accused Donald Trump of “lying” about coronavirus testing and blamed the Trump administration for her inability to get tested.
“I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility,” Griffin tweeted Wednesday. “The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions. #TESTTESTTEST.”
The comedian revealed in a series of tweets Wednesday that she had been “sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER” after experiencing severe, unspecified pains. The comedian tweeted photos of herself in a hospital bed and face mask, captioned with a broadside against Trump and his administration’s testing capabilities.
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 https://t.co/18fRiOBsdN pic.twitter.com/0sU9fHu4r0
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 25, 2020
The Los Angeles Times later published an interview Thursday explaining that Griffin was diagnosed with an abdominal infection after a visit to urgent care and a special COVID-19 area in an emergency room at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. An x-ray showed that her lungs were clear, but Griffin claimed that she was refused a coronavirus test because her symptoms did not meet federal guidelines. Her doctors had recommended a test.
“The doctor was going through the boxes and going through the boxes [on a form] and she kept saying, like, ‘Ugh, because of the lungs, the fever and the kind of cough … you don’t meet the CDC requirements,’” Griffin said.
According to Griffin and her husband, she started experiencing painful gastric symptoms after returning from a trip to Mexico. The couple were concerned that she might have the coronavirus because of the so-called 14-day incubation period. According to health officials, symptoms of COVID-19 can take up to two weeks to manifest.
Griffin blames Trump
Griffin might have had better odds of getting a test if she were admitted to the hospital, according to the LA Times, but she refused. Griffin is now self-isolating at home with her husband.
Some of the most typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Apparently, Griffin’s symptoms did not make the cut, but she is convinced that the Trump administration is at fault.
“I just think it’s so obvious that those tests have to be accessible to everybody,” Griffin said. “A lot of people, when they hear the president saying everyone who needs a test should get one, then shouldn’t have to then go to a hospital where, frankly, they may be exposing themselves or exposing others.”
The Trump administration has faced plenty of criticism for troubles with testing, but health officials have said that they do not want everyone to take a test. They are calling instead on those who are symptomatic to seek a test.
Griffin’s career took a hit after an infamous 2017 stunt in which she held a bloodied, facsimile head of Trump aloft.