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Doctors say COVID testing for cynical TikTok trend is dangerous and selfish

“Learn how not to get COVID? Don’t get tested.”

This is the introduction to some viral TikTok videos mocking COVID-19 testing in which users boast about not getting tested despite showing symptoms – a message doctors describe as “extremely dangerous” and “selfish”.

In a video posted by @ilovedessert100, the user wrote, “People here say they miss their family (vacation) or (Christmas) BC they have COVID…cannot test positive if the test is not done.” Similar videos have racked up hundreds of Thousands of likes plus fake videos and confirmed comments.

And it’s not just on social media, says Dr. Eric Asher, a family physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, that it’s giving him chills.

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