A TikToker says she’s receiving online hate and death threats after a video featuring her extreme reaction to getting tested for the coronavirus went viral.
TikToker Aubrey Sims uses the viral "Oh No" sound for her video, in which she is in her vehicle receiving a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab. As the test administrator inserts the swab up her nose, Sims backs away and lets out several screams. When it's finished, she appears to cry.
The mega-viral video, posted earlier in the week, has been viewed over 55 million times. It's also been commented on nearly 40,000 times. While some are defending Sims, who boasts 245,000 followers on the platform, most of the comments are of users criticizing her for what they claim is an overreaction to the test.
"Girl it's not that serious ... relax," the top comment on the video reads.
Others are calling her reaction "embarrassing" and "extra."
"My 3 year old got tested and didn't scream like that," one user claimed, with another saying that they got "second-hand embarrassment" from watching the video.
Another pointed out that her reaction might deter viewers from getting tested.
Sims addressed the viral video in several follow-ups and is claiming that people are sending her "hate and death threats." She also noted that she gained 20,000 new followers since the video went viral.
Sims later posted her negative test results, saying, "I ain’t got it. ... now get off my ass."
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As of Nov. 28, there have been a reported 186,975,837 PCR tests administered in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to wbur, the PCR test—which stands for polymerase chain reaction—is "very accurate." While the test can be invasive for some, as most PCR tests use a nasal swab to collect a mucus specimen sample, Dr. Daniel Rhoads, section head of microbiology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, called it the “the gold standard” when speaking with wbur. Because her results appeared to be delayed, it seems likely that Sims received a PCR test rather than a rapid antigen test—which, according to wbur, can be a bit more invasive as the swab needs to go deeper into the nasal cavity.
The Daily Dot has attempted to reach out to Sims.