Covid Test Puerto Rico is part of The Lost & Found Year(s): COVID Trip Report where TPOL has been right about everything Covid from the outset (see Travel Or Stay Inside? TPOL’s Thoughts on Coronavirus written 2/26/21).
I thought The Lost & Found Year(s): COVID Trip Report was finally over. That is not the case. Instead of learning the lessons from a year of lockdown, Puerto Rico is getting dumber. Here is the latest measure from the incompetents that run this island.
As of December 27th, 2021, all passengers arriving on domestic flights are required to show a negative test result taken within 48 hours before arrival time, regardless of vaccination status. Passengers arriving without a test will have 48 hours to take one upon arrival or be subject to a fine.
From the beginning of Covid, I have maintained that travel bans do not work (see Describe Trump’s Travel Ban: It’s Stupid). I still hold this position because there is no keeping out the virus. If it’s identified a continent away, it’s already in our backyard. Simultaneously, Covid testing before going to a destination is pointless (see COVID Test for Return Travel Is Stupid), especially when I am trying to come home (COVID Test to Come Home Is S-T-U-). The argument that I could infect someone if I’m positive, even if asymptomatic, carried weight in 2020 when there weren’t vaccines.
So why does the Puerto Rican, an island with a vaccination rate, of 77% now require anyone coming to show proof of a negative test? The uninformed will say that cases are up with the omicron variant. Again, this is not 2020. Cases do not matter. Hospitalizations matter. I have yet to see a study that says that those arriving from another destination are more likely to infect people or spur on infections than those who are already there and already spreading the virus. At the same time, it is laughable that this restriction starts on December 27th. What happens between now and then? Obviously, those who come before then may be infected with omicron and their numbers could be in the thousands given the holiday season.
As usual, the restrictions punish those that are here after the holiday travelers leave (see Another Useless Puerto Rico Lockdown). Our rights continue to be restricted (see Puerto Rico’s Coronavirus Crackdown: Justified Or Unconstitutional?). Despite being isolated, vaccinated, boosted, the situation isn’t improving. It continues to get worse. While I blame the anti-vaccinated imbeciles for not taking their medicine and the greed of Western countries for not sharing the vaccine with poorer countries, I am also upset with the countless Paul Blart Mall Cops who bark at me to wear a mask 24/7. What is the point of wearing a mask while walking out of an outdoor restaurant? Why are people wearing masks while driving alone in their cars? Why are so many wearing a mask while walking alone on the beach? Meanwhile, the mask police are wearing a piece of cloth that offers no protection while interacting with countless people or they’re wearing a mask that is wrapped around their chins.
It’s time to take back our country from the clueless leaders who run it and it is time to stop empowering their minions who think they are epidemiologists from giving advice about how to live. I never thought I would look to the Master Insurrectionis for advice but it’s time to heed his words: “Don’t let Covid dominate your life.” Then again, it’s not 2020.