You can’t quarantine stupid

This may sound unlikely, but it actually happened. Some of these people might be my friends on Facebook, and if they recognise themselves and don’t like it, hard luck. I’ve not named anyone, and some details might be sketchy, but it came from a first-hand account.

The son of a neighbour and his family were living in Madrid, and were tired of living under quarantine in a flat in the city. So they decided to return to Portugal. They got into two cars, so each person was in one car as more than one person in a car is forbidden, and drove across Spain, over the Spain⁠—Portugal border until they reached their home in Portugal.

Instead of going to visit family straight away (thankfully) they decided to go shopping in the local supermarket. For whatever reason, perhaps using a debit card, or geolocated by mobile phone, they were texted by the local authority and a two-week quarantine imposed. They were advised that if they broke quarantine there would be a €1,500 fine.

This was last weekend, so hopefully at the moment they are home, but it enraged me to learn what they did. Imagine, they drove across Spain, ground zero for Coronavirus in Europe, interacting with all kinds of people who might be infected, crossed the border ⁠— where they weren’t stopped ⁠— a failure in itself, and then crossed 300km of Portugal, a country that declared a state of emergency after ONE death and is hopefully getting on top of the pandemic.

If they were infectious they might have passed this on to people they met on the journey, and if not quarantined in Portugal they might have visited their parents and infected them. Worst case scenario is that they might have passed the Coronavirus to others in our local community.

It just goes to show, you can’t quarantine stupid.

Published by Keith Devereux

This blog is a summary of our life and experiences in Portugal.

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