She’s officially a covidiot.
The New York City fashion influencer who used personal connections to obtain a coronavirus test, much to the disgust of online critics, has now committed another pandemic faux pas — fleeing to the Hamptons with her family after testing positive for COVID-19.
To add insult to injury, Arielle Charnas — who previously documented her health journey on Instagram for her 1.3 million followers — is also completely ignoring calls to self-isolate for 14 days, posting pictures on social media showing herself outside and with her family since testing positive on March 18.
But her followers aren’t feeling it.
“As a nurse I’m supper bummed you couldn’t stay quarantined for the whole 14 days past positive testing,” one user commented on Charnas’ March 27 photo, which shows the mother of two basking in the sunlight with the caption “Fresh air” and a praying hands emoji. “Your privilege does not excuse you from following simple rules to contain yourself. And you influence a lot of young people.”
Another disgruntled follower posted a lengthy list of rhetorical questions skewering the 32-year-old fashionista.
“Do you realize the virus stays in the air for hours so you have basically spread the virus in the air all the way from Manhattan to the Hamptons?” one question reads.
Charnas, also known as Something Navy, originally came under fire in mid-March when she tagged her friend Dr. Jake Deutsch, who works on the Upper West Side, in a post about feeling ill and he offered her a coronavirus test amid a countrywide shortage of tests.
The influencer went ahead and took him up on the offer despite officials urging people with low-risk factors, including young people and people without underlying conditions, to instead quarantine and self-isolate to preserve the supply of tests.
Her husband, Brandon, then recorded their trip to the Cure Urgent Care facility where a nurse swabbed the inside of her nose from the passenger seat of their car. All of which, they posted to Charnas’ Instagram Story.
“I acknowledge how lucky I am to have had that access,” she later admitted in an Instagram screenshot of a note she wrote. She then said she’d tested positive for the coronavirus.
Clearly, she didn’t take the advice of health-care officials, when only a week later she posted an up-close photo of her daughters followed by the photos in the Hamptons.
Charnas isn’t the only privileged New Yorker coming under fire for fleeing to the ritzy area amid the pandemic. Locals have expressed their dismay that since the outbreak, grocery stores have been ransacked and medical equipment stretched thin by the wealthy city dwellers who have swarmed in over the past few weeks.
The situation has become such a problem that local leaders are now asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue a travel ban to prevent New Yorker City dwellers from coming to the Hamptons.