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Cardi B Accused Celebrities Of "Causing Confusion" By Announcing They've Tested Positive For The Coronavirus With No Symptoms

"A lot of celebrities, y'all have the luxury to pay $34,000 to get tested and get treated. A lot of these people, they don't have that money."

Cardi B is making her feelings about the coronavirus crystal clear, dragging celebrities who are getting tested for the illness without showing any symptoms while those in need are being ignored or struggling to get tested at all.

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the strain of coronavirus causing this particular pandemic, multiple celebrities have come forward to announce that they've since tested positive, all with varying background stories and symptoms.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were the first to reveal they had tested positive for the virus, with Tom writing that he and his wife had experienced symptoms of fatigue, temperatures, and body aches.

Idris Elba then came forward, announcing that he had also tested positive for the coronavirus but had shown no previous symptoms. He clarified that he had been tested because he was about to begin filming for a new project and would've been surrounded by a significant number of people.

Celebs such as Heidi Klum and Kris Jenner have also been tested for the coronavirus, with their results coming back negative.

However, with others struggling to get tested or waiting days for results, Cardi took to Instagram to post a lengthy video about the inequality, saying celebrities who revealed they've tested positive with no symptoms are "causing confusion" amongst the general public.

"People that work regular jobs, people that get regular paychecks, the middle class, the poor, they not getting treated like celebrities," Cardi said. "They're not getting their fucking coronavirus results the next day."

The "Bodak Yellow" rapper went on to claim that she personally knew someone under the age of 30 who had symptoms, but was told they could only be tested if they were sick for eight days.

Cardi continued that many people who had tested positive for the coronavirus were then being told to just quarantine at home, which is easier said than done when you live in a small apartment with loved ones.

"Not everybody have the luxury to go in they fucking bedroom and to go in a big-ass house and just stay away from people," she said. "A lot of people live in small-ass apartments with multiple people. So it's like, if you're sending me home and I have the corona-fucking-virus, I'm most likely gonna give it to my spouse, my kids, anybody that's around me."

Laying into fellow A-listers, Cardi continued: "A lot of celebrities have the luxury to pay $34,000 or whatever the fuck it costs to get tested and get treated. A lot of these people, they don't fucking have that money. Some people don't even have enough money to fucking afford healthcare."

Turning her sights on those in power, Cardi said it should be the government footing the bill for people to get tested and treated for the coronavirus.

"The government should take that shit, should charge that shit to the game, and not charge people for it," she said defiantly. "It shouldn't be charging no motherfucking Medicaid, health insurance, none of that shit."

Cardi's rant levelled at celebrities getting tested without showing any symptoms comes off the back of Idris Elba shooting down claims that he was paid to say he had COVID-19 to encourage people to stay home.

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In a previous Instagram Live, Cardi said she was sceptical of celebrities revealing that they'd tested positive without symptoms, saying that it "sounded like a motherfucking Flat Tummy Tea commercial".

Seeming to respond to the video, Idris called the negativity around test-shaming "counterproductive". He added: "This idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say I've got coronavirus, that's absolute bullshit."

Either way, Cardi's latest video was met with positive praise, with one tweet racking up more than 33,000 likes in a couple of hours.

The fact that Cardi B flawlessly covered the topics of privilege, out of touch celebrity culture, flaws in Trump's response to COVID, and the merits of universal healthcare all in a 4 minute video is truly incredible

You can watch Cardi's full video here, and you can read more of BuzzFeed News' coronavirus coverage right here.