Chrissy Teigen Fires Back After Being Criticized for Getting Coronavirus Test

February 17, 2020

Chrissy Teigen is hitting back at her critics after posting a video of herself being tested for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) – and the star says she’s doing it because she’s going to have surgery soon.

Teigen, 34, posted a short video of herself undergoing the test on Tuesday, a procedure that involves a swab on her nose. The process, which others have described as uncomfortable, sent the mother of two into a fit of giggles.

“It’s not bad at all, really,” Teigen tells the paramedic who tested her in the video.” It tickles!”

“Honestly loved it,” Teigen wrote alongside the video, which was shared on Twitter.

Some fans responded to the video with criticism.

One Twitter user said Teigen’s video would lead to thousands of people deciding not to get tested.

Honestly loving it pic.twitter.com/UNRwG3HNcD.

– chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 26, 2020.
I’ll just say it’s easy and keep laughing. What are you talking about? Couldn’t be simpler. https://t.co/eqbuC0dVwO

– chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 26, 2020.
Everyone in Los Angeles can get tested for free. I’m having surgery and had to do this. I’m sorry if this offends you. https://t.co/2EFZeowzuq

– chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 26, 2020.
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“I’m just saying it’s easy, and I was laughing the whole time,” The host of “Chrissy’s Court” replied.” What are you talking about? It couldn’t be easier.”

Another Twitter user accused Teigen of using his “privilege” to do tests for fun, to which the cookbook author responded: “For s- and laughter? I’m having surgery.”

A rep for Teigen did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on what surgery she is having.

To another critic whose initial tweet has since been deleted, Teigen explained, “Everyone in Los Angeles can get tested for free. I’m having surgery and had to do it. I’m sorry if this offends you.”

In late April, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that all residents could be tested for COVID-19 for free, regardless of whether they were showing symptoms of the virus.

Garcetti said at an April 29 press conference, “In the future, in the city of Los Angeles, you will be able – whether you have symptoms or not – to be tested.” He added that people with symptoms will be given priority for testing, but the ability is for anyone who wants to be tested.

This milestone makes Los Angeles the first major U.S. city to offer free COVID-19 testing.

The mayor encourages residents to get tested, whether they have symptoms, were knowingly exposed to the virus or are just looking for reassurance that they are healthy.

“You can’t put a price on the peace of mind of knowing you can’t infect the people around you,” he said.

As of Tuesday, there were at least 47,822 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, with 2,143 deaths linked to the virus.