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A young woman who has become obsessed with taking coronavirus tests says taking one every week is “critical for her mental health.”
Sarah Edwards says she has spent £2,400 on private tests in addition to 12 free NHS ones.
"My green folder is overflowing with test results and they’re all negative,” she said. “I haven’t tested positive once but I won’t stop having them.”
Sarah says she has a stash of test kits at home too.
Government guidelines recommend applying for an NHS test if you begin to suffer one of the following symptoms: high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell.
Sarah says that while she hasn’t had any of those symptoms she isn’t taking any risks.
She told Fabulous magazine : ”I’m petrified I’ll end up a Covid-19 victim so if I have to set my alarm for 2am so I can refresh the Government website for a free test I will.”
Sarah says she lost a boyfriend after they got a refund on a cancelled holiday and she spent all the money on private testing. “He said I was too obsessed with testing,” she says.
She regularly updates a spreadsheet that records all her tests so she can keep a track of her Covid status and says: “If others don’t feel that way then fine, but more fool them for not caring about their health.”
Sarah said it’s not her fault that there aren’t enough tests to go around, and that everyone should have been as organised as she has been.
She added: "I won’t be criticised or attacked and I don’t feel guilty about there being a shortage either, why would I? It’s not my problem. It’s actually my right to have the tests whether they’re free from the NHS or paid for by me, and having a weekly one is critical for my mental health.”
Sarah says while she doesn’t like the tests themselves she always gets a “high” after the test is complete and sent off to the lab.
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