Jewish mom of two Arielle Charnas announced to her 1 million-plus followers on Instagram that she has tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19.
“I realize that there are many individuals who do not have the ability to receive immediate medical care at the first sign of sickness, and access to care is #1 priority in a time like this,” Charnas began the note she posted this morning on Instagram. “It is the responsibility of our government offices to ensure all Americans can access necessary tests and I acknowledge how lucky I am to have had that access.”
Starting on Tuesday, the influencer/blogger documented her process getting the coronavirus test:
Charnas, 32, is a mom of two who runs a super popular Instagram account (@ariellecharnas) that has since become its own fashion brand, Something Navy, which is expected to launch this spring. She documents nearly every part of her life — from family Shabbat dinners to team meetings to fashion shows. Millennials are obsessed with her, as we’ve written about before. She’s part of a group of highly successful Jewish mom influencers.
After Charnas learned that she tested positive, she wrote that she is going to continue to quarantine/self-isolate and reach out to friends and family that she’s been in close contact with over the past two weeks.
She ended her note with “My girls aren’t showing any symptoms but as you can imagine we are watching them super closely.” (Young children are unlikely to be symptomatic for COVID-19; according to the CDC, adults make up most of the known cases to date.) She wrote her husband is “also unwell.”
Charnas’s daughters, Ruby, 4, and Esme, nearly 2, make regular appearances on her Instagram page:
As does her husband, Brandon:
On the last slide, Charnas shared a breakdown of her symptoms with the caveat: “please remember every single person may react to COVID-19 differently, so please do not take this as medical advice and always refer questions to a medical professional.”
You can read her full note here:
We are sending love to the Charnas family. Refula shlema, Arielle!
Photo of Arielle Charnas by Lawrence Busacca/Getty Images for Michael Kors.