A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw had a bit of a scare when it comes to the coronavirus after Tom Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson used her dressing room at the Channel Nine studios.
In case you missed it, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson both tested positive to the coronavirus a few weeks ago now, leading to a few scares across the entertainment industry.
Tracy joined Kyle and Jackie O this week to tell us exactly what it was like to face the possibility that she might have caught the virus when she revealed that Rita wasn’t the only person that she had been exposed to.
She told us that she’d actually had exposure to the virus through another person and this is why she went into isolation.
But that the scariest, and most frustrating part, was that despite being in contact with two people who tested positive to the virus, Tracy could not get tested herself.
“I actually felt fine. I didn’t have any symptoms and my exposure wasn’t just through Rita using my dressing room, I had other exposure to someone who had been with them for several hours,” Tracy explained.
“And so I stayed away for a few days and I tried to get tested but I couldn’t get tested.”
Tracy was feeling a frustration that likely a lot of Australians have felt recently. With the virus being mostly invisible, meaning that a lot of people can have it without experiencing any symptoms, it doesn’t seem right that we are struggling to get tested.
“Our testing criteria was so strict that because I didn’t have any symptoms they literally refused to test me,” Tracy continued.
“Dickie [Richard Wilkins] managed to get tested and he was asymptomatic and at that stage you couldn’t get a test unless you had a symptom, but Dickie managed to get tested and he didn’t have a symptom, and guess what, he’s still positive.”
This is where the coronavirus can become quite deadly and is exactly why social distancing is so important. Because we can have it, without knowing it, and can accidentally transfer it to other people.
“Doesn’t that make you wonder how many of us may have it without realising it,” Jackie said.
Despite the situation being frustrating, Tracy said that she did understand why they can’t test everyone, saying that there is actually a shortage on tests.
More people are now able to get the test more easily, with people like aged care workers and healthcare workers becoming priorities for the test.
“I think they’re now going to prioritise aged care workers and health workers,” Tracy told us.
“Aged care workers are exposed to the most vulnerable people in our community so you need to know if they’re carrying it and health care workers because they’re going to be exposed to people who are honestly very vulnerable. So they’re prioritising people like that now.”
This comes after Richard Wilkins announced on Instagram that he had tested positive to the virus three times since first being exposed.
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So …. I’ve now returned a positive result THREE times… still can’t believe it as I still have ZERO symptoms. They tested me again today ,.. and hopefully will return a NEGATIVE result. Fingers crossed!!! The suggestion is …. that 3 days after the last symptom …people should ‘assume’ that they’re over this thing … and ‘proceed with caution’ ! I find this totally unacceptable and irresponsible! I completely understand the fact that the last thing the Health Dept wants to do is spend days retesting people like me… and God knows that I don’t want to soak up resources… but I don’t see how I can walk out my front door until I have a clean ‘bill of health’! I know the health system is fighting a huge battle … and resources are stretched …but in clear conscience … I can’t put others at risk … until I’m assured that I’m not POSITIVE anymore ! Love to all RW XX