AceShowbiz - Country music star Sturgill Simpson hit out at the U.S. government after testing positive for coronavirus a month after first showing symptoms.
The "Sing Along" hitmaker took to Instagram to reveal his diagnosis on Friday (April 10), recalling in early March he was rushed to the emergency room after experiencing chest pains, a fever, and what he says were "pre-stroke blood pressure levels."
"We were on tour in Western Europe for two weeks late Jan /early Feb..then up and down the southeast/eastern US playing arena shows mid Feb to early March," the 41-year-old wrote. "This photo was taken at 9am on March 13th when my wife took me to our local hospital ER due to chest pains, fever, and pre-stroke blood pressure levels."
However, Sturgill said that despite experiencing multiple symptoms, a doctor "refused" to test him, and told him it was "impossible that I had contracted the virus due to its extreme rarity and that it was not in western Europe yet during that same period (which we now know is incorrect)."
"Almost one month later on April 6th my wife and I were both tested after finally finding a free drive-thru testing facility outside a National Guard depot in Alabama," he added. "Yesterday on Friday April 10th, after almost one month without any symptoms, I received a call from the Nashville CDC (Centers for Disease Control) stating that my test resulted in a positive detection for Covid-19. My wife (who has been by my side since Europe) tested negative."
The "A Good Look" star, who will spend the next week in quarantine, wrapped his message by taking aim at the U.S. government, adding that a CDC nurse he spoke with told him COVID-19 "reacts differently in a case by case basis and the White House briefings and the information they are providing is basically pure speculation causing fear and that the only thing anybody knows is that we don't really know much yet."