A Minnesota nurse was fully vaccinated months before embarking on a vacation to Mexico, but now she is quarantined in a small hotel room there, after a positive test for Covid-19.
NBC News affiliate KARE 11 said Diane Schmidt of Delano has been unable to leave her hotel room in Mexico since Thursday.
The report said Schmidt flew to Playa Del Carmen on March 27 for his daughter’s veteran trip. Two other mothers and their daughters joined Schmidt.
Although Schmidt, a nurse from Children’s Minnesota, has been fully vaccinated since the beginning of January, she opted for the hotel’s $ 30 COVID insurance, which covers one person’s accommodation at the hotel, including room and board, for another 14 days – and she is happy she did.
Schmidt told KARE 11 that she “started having a sore throat” on Monday and on Tuesday “she had a little cough”, although she said it wasn’t bad and thought it was sleeping with the air conditioning on . She felt some pressure on her sinuses on Wednesday, but she still didn’t think it was COVID.
However, on Thursday, when she went for the Covid-19 test, as required by the CDC in preparation for her flight home on Saturday, she was called shortly thereafter and said she tested positive, reported KARE 11. Schmidt has been in quarantine ever since.
Schmidt said, “This could be a long week and a half if I really had to stay that long.”
Schmidt said that although she took precautions and wore a medical-grade mask, it is likely that she contracted the virus during the flight.
Since the end of January, the CDC has required travelers flying from a foreign country to the US to take the test no later than three days before the flight departs. Passengers must present proof of a negative test before boarding the flight, the news agency said.
The Minnesota Department of Health identified 222 cases of vaccine “discovery”.
Although the affiliate of NBC News reported that more than 1.8 million Minnesota residents received at least one dose of vaccine, on April 2, the state Department of Health reported 222 cases of vaccine “discovery”.
After receiving the vaccine, it is still possible to contract the virus. Current vaccines are “highly effective” in protecting people from serious illnesses. And, according to the CDC, “there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and potentially less likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others.”
Consider this if you are planning to travel.
Although Schmidt was the only vaccine in her group, the report said she was the only one who tested positive. Despite this, Schmidt said he would still strongly recommend the vaccine. She hopes that by sharing her story, others who are thinking about traveling will be helped.
She alerts potential travelers to consider whether this vacation is worth quarantining as it is, in a very small room with a guard outside the door, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and unable to get out.
The CDC recently updated its travel guidelines for fully vaccinated people, saying they can travel in the United States and abroad. The CDC added that when fully vaccinated people travel within the United States, no COVID testing or post-trip quarantine is required. As long as Covid-19 precautions are taken while traveling.
Schmidt said a doctor planned to stop on Tuesday to test it again – noting that each COVID test costs about $ 100.
“You can have a positive test and you can get it, and now I hope to be here potentially 19 days after my arrival,” said Schmidt.
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