Daniel Dae Kim tests positive for coronavirus, calls for end to anti-Asian prejudice
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Actor Daniel Dae Kim is the latest performer to reveal he's tested positive for the coronavirus, using his diagnosis to call for a halt to “prejudice and senseless violence against Asian people” amid the pandemic.

"I debated for a long time actually publicly talking about my diagnosis because I've read some backlash against those who did, saying they got special treatment," the "Hawaii Five-0" star said in a video posted Thursday on Instagram. 

"Though I risk that now, let me just say that I never asked for or expected special treatment from anyone. I will add that I believe that health care for all is a right, not a privilege," Kim said into the camera.


"Everyone who meets the qualifications should be tested, period, because the virus doesn't care about race, or gender, religion, sexual orientation, whether you're rich or poor, or your immigration status," Kim added. "Only we seem to care about that." 

Questions have been raised after multiple NBA teams were tested and a few players were diagnosed with the virus while doctors around the country are reporting a scarcity of COVID-19 testing kits.

When asked about the speed at which some celebrities were able to get access to the coveted tests, President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE said Wednesday he didn't agree that professional athletes and wealthy individuals should get preferential treatment to coronavirus testing. 

"No, I wouldn't say so, but perhaps that’s been the story of life," Trump said. 

Kim, 51, noted an irony in that, for the past several weeks, he has been shooting "New Amsterdam" in New York, playing "a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic."

When production on the NBC series was shut down earlier this month due to concerns about the coronavirus, Kim said he took a plane to his home in Hawaii.


"It's important for you guys to know that I was asymptomatic during all of this time," Kim told his more than 400,000 Instagram followers.

After falling ill toward the end of his flight, the actor, who was born in South Korea and raised in New York, said he self-quarantined in his home before making his way to a drive-through testing facility that had just opened in Honolulu. 

"I was sick. I still am. But thankfully for me it wasn't a matter of life and death," he said, urging young people to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

"One last very important thing," Kim said in the 10 minute video. "Please stop the prejudice and senseless violence against Asian people." 

"Yes, I'm Asian. And yes, I have coronavirus. But I did not get it from China. I got it in America, in New York City," he added. "And despite what certain political leaders want to call it, I don't consider the place where it's from as important as the people who are sick and dying.”

Trump has repeatedly called COVID-19 the "Chinese virus,” rejecting calls to stop doing so.

“It comes from China. That’s why. I want to be accurate,” Trump said at the White House. “It is not racist at all ... China tried to say at one point — maybe they stopped — that it was caused by American soldiers. That can’t happen. That is not going to happen, as long as I am president. It comes from China.”

Kim said the next day that “name-calling gets us nowhere.”

“When people are ill, what matters most is how best to take care of ourselves and one another,” he said.

Several celebrities have announced they tested positive for the coronavirus, including Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, NBA player Kevin Durant and actor Idris Elba, among others.