Infected Tourists is part of The Lost & Found Year(s): Covid Trip Report.
Puerto Rico could be New Zealand. It is remote enough and it is small enough that a Covid strategy of testing, tracing, and quarantining could be implemented. Unfortunately, that is not happening. Instead, Puerto Rico has made the foolish decision to reopen for tourists starting July 15th (see Puerto Rico Flight Deal? Stay Away; see Puerto Rico’s Coronavirus Crackdown: Justified Or Unconstitutional?). Tourists are required to provide proof of a negative test that was taken within 72 hours. The results of a negative test are irrelevant because of the 14 day incubation period. If someone was not tested before arriving, that person must be tested at the airport. If someone receives a test at the airport, that person is supposed to self-quarantine for 14 days. That’s next to impossible to enforce.
The result of this short-sighted decision could spell disaster for the island. Puerto Rico does not have the infrastructure to deal with a surge. To put it mildly, Puerto Rico does not have the support of the White House to deal with a spike. Indeed, the specter of a President in the White House contemplated selling Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Imagine what that feckless fool will do, apart from blaming Puerto Rico, if an outbreak occurs here.
The prudent course of action for Puerto Rico is to realize that we are on our own in fighting this. The prudent course of action is to denounce anyone who somehow, despite 130,000 dead Americans, believes that this is a hoax (see Social Distance Yourself from Misinformation). The prudent course of action is to follow Hawaii’s lead and indefinitely delay allowing tourists.
Tourist dollars aren’t worth the death toll that will certainly follow.