Theo Wargo/Getty Images for BillboardCardi B made a case on Tuesday to make COVID-19 testing more accessible, citing the amount of money she has to pay per test to ensure her and her team’s safety during the pandemic.
The “I Like It” rapper took to Twitter to vent her concern about people potentially profiting off COVID-19 safety measures.
“I get Covid tested bout 4 times a week. My glam and management gotta get tested as well. Everytime [sic] we get tested is about 250$ each,” she remarked. “This is seriously a new business.”
While some of her followers pointed out COVID-19 testing is free, Cardi clarified, “It’s free when you go to the doctors…but when it’s for work and you gotta have people test you at your home is not.”
The 28-year-old also had to explain why she and her team require multiple tests every week, adding, “It’s necessary because if you in my space and you get Covid I can get sued. If I do a commercial and I get Covid the company can get sued. Its all about not being a liability and is a requirement.”
“The government should be paying for healthcare workers we pay out our own pockets,” she fumed.
Cardi also noted that, because she is part of the SAG-AFTRA union, she must abide by their strict testing guidelines.
Overall, the rapper expressed dismay that anyone has to pay out-of-pocket for a COVID-19 test. After receiving pushback from some fans, Cardi remarked, “Covid is becoming a business” and argued that shouldn’t be the case.
“How ya getting mad at me because it’s a requirement to get tested,” she closed. “Just to shoot a commercial even the janitors must get tested twice.”
By Megan Stone
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