A fashion influencer from New York, Arielle Charnas is facing furious criticism for “cutting the line” to get a coronavirus test and refusing to quarantine herself after her result came back positive.
The 32-year-old, who has more than 1.3 million followers on Instagram, has been heavily criticised for leaving her Manhattan home and fleeing to the Hamptons with her family, seven days after she tested positive for the highly contagious coronavirus.
According to Insider, Arielle first received backlash in March when she revealed to her followers that she had received flu and COVID-19 test swabs from a doctor friend, despite not qualifying for one of the limited tests.
After that, the blogger informed her fans through an Instagram post that she would not be talking about coronavirus and would go “back to regular content/programming”.
A day later, however, she revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19. She also addressed some of the backlash she had received over the coronavirus test by writing “It is the responsibility of our government office to ensure all Americans can access necessary tests.”
Over the next few days, Arielle Charnas and her husband stayed home. However, on March 26, only a week after testing positive for coronavirus, she decided to leave for the Hamptons with her family – a decision that had social media users furious as she ignored the recommended 14 day quarantine period after testing positive.
Once in the Hamptons, Arielle continued to go out in public, sharing photos that show her standing outside their home and walking down the street with her daughter.
“Ok so you tested positive for COVID-19 and less than two weeks later you went to the Hamptons and risked infecting others just so you could be by the pool instead of staying inside like the rest of us?” a user wrote in the comment section of the blogger.
After the backlash, the influencer issued a tearful apology on Instagram. “I just wanted to come on here and say, I’m sorry. I never in a million years wanted to hurt anyone, and we’re not bad people,” she said.
In her defence she also said that she added that she and her family decided to leave the city after several consultations with doctors who granted them permission.
“My family and I are truly sorry to those we have offended for not appearing to be taking this crisis gravely seriously, and we are committed to making informed, responsible decisions moving forward,” she said.
Arielle’s apology is out. pic.twitter.com/hvWRFYrHCn
— Sophie Ross (@SophRossss) April 2, 2020