(Meredith) – A viral TikTok video shows one Utah woman’s experience with coronavirus testing.
Kelley Mills, 24, said she was sent home from her job at a pediatric clinic in Salt Lake City on March 16 after developing flu-like symptoms.
Two days later, her symptoms worsened, and she now had a dry cough and shortness of breath.
Mills said she called her doctor, who ordered a test that same day at a local drive-through testing center.
She recorded the entire experience on her phone and posted the video to TikTok, where it amassed more than 13 million views.
Though many people were supportive in the comment section, others said she overreacted.
“That’s how they swab for the flu and strep,” one person commented. “It’s not pleasant, but it’s not cry-worthy painful either.”
Aside from the unpleasant swab test, Mills said the possibility of having the illness and awaiting the results caused her to break down in tears.
“This was also another reason I was such a mess because I realized if I did have COVID-19, I would have spread it to my aunt, who then would have spread it to her whole family. Or I could have spread it to people at the gym or my dad or my grandparents,” she said.
Within 24 hours, Mills got her test results: negative.
While she’s grateful she tested negative, she’s more thankful for the nurses and their patience.
“My video wasn’t meant to scare people and keep them from getting tested,” Mills said. “I know a lot of people had no idea what the testing process even was. The nurses who are doing the testing are all amazing and so good at keeping you calm.”