Coronavirus In Trump’s America? Nurse Diagnosed With Virus Initially Denied Test | MSNBC

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A nurse on the frontlines of America's health care system was initially denied access to a coronavirus test, even though she self reported symptoms and was concerned about possibly passing the virus on to others or patients. Speaking via Skype from isolation, Lisa Merck recounts how doctors performed some tests to diagnose her symptoms, but not a coronavirus test, which has been limited in the U.S., in this interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. ). Aired on 03/18/2020.
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Coronavirus In Trump's America? Nurse Diagnosed With Virus Initially Denied Test | MSNBC

76 Comments on "Coronavirus In Trump’s America? Nurse Diagnosed With Virus Initially Denied Test | MSNBC"

  1. *She went everywhere spreading it around … :/

  2. Should have been preparing for this since SARS 2003. Everyone in government since then can share the blame. Three presidential administrations and all of the long time Congressional Representatives.

    • But but but muh orange man bad

    • Trump took it as a big joke and failed to act quickly….
      All other presidents overreacted quickly, and made sure to keep Americans safe, and nothing came of it because of the overreaction.
      Trump failed to act at all, waited weeks even a month before taking this seriously, and now Americans are dead, and at risk.
      TRUMP did not act quickly, and now Americans are dead.
      All the other presidents reacted very quickly, and saved American lives.

    • Failure? we had a pandemic task force set up by the democrats. Trump eliminated it in 2018, yeah everyone’s to blame

    • @kil koh You mean like how he declared an emergency after 1 death, whereas Obama let 1000 americans die before he did anything about swine flu? Short memory huh

    • ClaxNVEST

  3. beresponsibleplease | March 18, 2020 at 10:29 PM | Reply

    She is a nurse!! Stay at home

  4. Monkey Wrenching | March 18, 2020 at 10:36 PM | Reply

    She’s a nurse and didn’t have the common sense to stay home?! By mid February the virus we well known about AND she just came back form traveling. This lady is the epitome of irresponsible and should not be used to prop up some hit piece on the commander and chief of our country. Doesn’t matter if you like him or not, grow up. Survival doesn’t care about your feelings, I don’t either.

    • um in early March Donnie said it was like the flu…..

    • Our President was telling folks that this was just a flu in February and was seriously downplaying what Coronavirus was. He showed absolutely no urgency in encouraging Americans to stay indoors or be vigilant about this illness. He even went so far as to say that it was being played up by the media.

    • I just found out about this virus and Trump let me down. I have to listen to someone with facts but thanks for the check suckers!

    • Tait the Great | March 23, 2020 at 8:42 AM | Reply

      You guys know if China told us 3 months earlier how easily it would be to spreed trump would have been able to stop it better. China is a big fat communist lie.

  5. She looks like she would ask to see the corona virus manager.

    • El Presidente | March 21, 2020 at 4:29 AM | Reply

      My aunt would take my cousin shoes back to the store after a year and demand a refund .She would ask to see the manger than yell they were chaeply made .in the 70s it’s true

  6. You Need Jesus | March 18, 2020 at 11:09 PM | Reply

    So basically they wait until you are extremely sick before testing.

    • Charles Young | March 22, 2020 at 9:06 AM | Reply

      We had to develop a test because the ones on the market were giving 48% false positives.This nurse knows exactly how things work.They want all the idiots running in demanding tests to put a political spin on it.Trump was the first one on the planet to stop flights from China on Feb 1st and was called a racist by these same fools.This is China’s fault and they should pay dearly for the WUHAN VIRUS

    • Charles Young | March 22, 2020 at 9:10 AM | Reply

      @Vicki Ross Tudor did the government have to tell you what to do when you got sick before.This is a problem all over the world.If the test kits on the market actually worked we wouldn’t have had to develop one.They were giving 48%false positives.

    • Yuki Masahiko | March 24, 2020 at 3:43 PM | Reply

      Its because they are limited on supplies. They are not trying to make this spread.

    • Patrician Cloud | March 24, 2020 at 7:23 PM | Reply

      No, they wait until you are extremely rich before testing.

    • The test is a set up especially if your poor with no health insurance!!!😒😒😒

  7. colonyofcells iamamachine2 | March 18, 2020 at 11:20 PM | Reply

    need to test all people so that people with 0 symptoms or mild symptoms can stop spreading the virus.

    • Works smart not hard if we test people with no symptoms or any suspect of having the virus that’s a waste of not only TIME but resources

    • colonyofcells iamamachine2 | March 19, 2020 at 12:33 AM | Reply

      @Jodi Duan that is what they did in 1 town in italy to stop the virus. they tested everyone in the town bec many of the spreaders had 0 symptoms.

    • colonyofcells iamamachine2 yes if they have BEEN in contact with someone that has the virus. Not just EVERYONE randomly

    • Big bird Beyotch | March 19, 2020 at 8:21 AM | Reply

      Jodi Duan well she’s a nurse, that should be enough for her to get a test!

    • Angela Siegfried | March 21, 2020 at 11:45 PM | Reply

      @Jodi Duan “but how will we pay for it?” give me a break!

  8. Lorraine Pierce | March 18, 2020 at 11:25 PM | Reply

    My daughter is a nurse at a hospital. She had fever and chest pain. Was diagnosed with lower lobe pneumonia. She asked to be tested. Nope….because no test. Now two weeks later, she’s coughing but no fever. Still denied the test due to not meeting the criteria! Crazy.

    • @DJ Architect I understand and I appreciate your compassion for the elderly.

    • My mother and father both have respiratory illness. They are in Florida. No one has tested them. My mom has a horrible wet cough. She can’t come home on a plane till it clears up. She has been sick for two months.

    • @Kim Diez the elderly is our history to sit us down and tell us stories of the pass 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • @Capronice did you call anyone to get them tested? 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 I’m sorry to hear about their situation, it’s sad

    • @DJ Architect They are OK. My mother is a nurse, she is 72 but still work 8 months out of the year. She asked to be tested about 5 weeks ago and the doctor told her that she did not have Corona. In reality that doctor did not know if she had it or not. He did not test her so how could he say she did not have it . She was diagnosed with pneumonia. I think her doctor was a little ignorant and in denial of the situation. My mother is pretty strong. She has lived through colon cancer and breast cancer. Nothing gets in her way. She could retire but she works as often as possible. I am glad she is not at home because she would be working in the hospital which is the worse place to be right now.

  9. I’m a nurse at a big hospital. I called in sick because I developed a fever and cough, as well as my husband. NO ONE will test us. I’ve called the state health department, our county health department, the hospital I work at employee health/nursing supervisor, and my primary care doctor. They all say the same thing: I don’t meet criteria. I am asking if I can take FMLA or Vacation days to stay home and do a self-quarantine and I haven’t gotten a clear answer yet and it’s causing me extreme anxiety. I don’t want to be told to go back to work without having the COVID-19 test! This has been a nightmare…

    • Steelmonger888 | March 23, 2020 at 1:47 AM | Reply

      I hope you get the help you need!! I really hope your will be okay! I will pray for you and your loved ones. Hang in there! I appreciate your service! You will get through this!

    • @Emily P .. Then Time must have stopped for you 😉

    • Nathan Temple | March 23, 2020 at 1:57 PM | Reply

      This isn’t true. Your story rings with false hood. If you are a Nurse and looking at your profile pic you are young so the virus is no danger to you a Nurse would no that. So if you are a Nurse your not a good one. You should also understand with the limited number of test available and the amount of panic libatrds like you caused they are holding test to test the old and people with respiratory problems first again if your were a nurse you should know that.

    • Melody Mackey | March 28, 2020 at 1:27 PM | Reply

      @Nathan Temple The reason I was worried about not being tested is because my work wanted me to return and I wanted to make sure I didn’t have it so that I don’t infect patients. Luckily, after about a week of begging I finally did get tested and I was negative for COVID 19 so I am back to work. I was not worried for myself, I was worried for my patients. It was only recently added to the guidelines (FINALLY) that healthcare workers are considered “at risk” and are eligible for testing”. It’s not really fair to call me a bad nurse when I am trying to make sure I don’t have COVID 19 before returning to work at the hospital. How does that make me bad exactly?

  10. Did she wear a mask while working with patients?

    • that’s the point. she doesnt even wear a mask in the skype. and nobody tell her she should have mask on her face

  11. I don’t need a test to tell me if I’m sick. If I’m sick I’m staying home.

  12. Imagine if that masseuse is just hearing about this

    • LadyScarface Angel | March 20, 2020 at 7:24 AM | Reply

      Brisco Crisco
      Yeah, see I’m a massage therapist & I’m very concerned as we are still open. We’ve cut hours but I’m not comfortable at all being that close to ppl.

  13. Sierra Monterola | March 19, 2020 at 12:43 AM | Reply

    I wonder how many she infected. She got a massage (infected the maseusse) , went to a run (infected other runners) infected his nephew then infected her co-workers.

    • Protect XRP from HK rioters | March 19, 2020 at 8:43 PM | Reply

      An old colleague of mine was put in quarantine in Singapore after testing positive.
      They found remains of COVID-19 in his body, I don’t know how many people he possible could have infected in the 2 weeks he was for work in San Fransisco.
      He is doing most of his job in coffee bars and also meet customers in those bars.

    • Sierra Monterola Wow. What a selfish nurse. She is a typical liberal. A narcissist.

    • Protect XRP from HK rioters Than he is responsible for killing others. If he knew. Totally self centered narcissism.

  14. It’s what it is, stay home bow your head and pray.

    • For what your still going to die

    • El Presidente | March 21, 2020 at 4:20 AM | Reply

      Si es verdad . Accountable you are correct .We need to pray because this is going to hurt my wallet . This stay home virus because I have aches and pain and the we are in this together propaganda is expensive .Lord help them because I am not rich.

    • El Presidente | March 21, 2020 at 4:23 AM | Reply

      @Yourgrannie my body hurts all over where is my check . Where do you sign for the virus check .

    • Patrician Cloud | March 24, 2020 at 7:24 PM | Reply

      That’s one excuse for unemployment figures.

  15. Luis Arredondo | March 19, 2020 at 2:13 AM | Reply

    Remember Trump wanted the number low

  16. Vicki Ross Tudor | March 19, 2020 at 7:06 AM | Reply

    Qualifications for Covid-19 test:
    *Must be an athlete or public figure*
    *Must be dead or dying*
    Got it.

  17. She should have quarantined herself resgardless……

  18. Imagine the amount of people she came in contact with before she found out she had the virus

  19. This is the stupidest nurse I have ever seen

  20. She basically could have infected an entire city without even knowing it?

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