COVID testing TikTok mocking trend is dangerous, selfish, doctors say

“Know how to not get COVID? Don’t get tested.”

That’s the premise of some viral TikTok videos that mock COVID-19 testing in which users boast about not getting tested despite showing symptoms – a message doctors are calling “extremely dangerous” and “selfish.”

In a video posted by @ilovedessert100, the user writes, “People out here saying they’re missing their fam (vacation) or (Christmas) bc they have COVID… can’t test positive if you don’t get tested.” Similar videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of likes as well as copycat videos and affirming comments

Dr. Eric Ascher, a family medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, says this messaging isn’t just on social media, and it gives him chills. 

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