Rick wrote:...Personally, I’ll be willing to quarantine for two weeks at my second home and comply with any other rules...
Kilkis wrote:As far as I can see there is only one pre-travel screening that will work. Every holiday maker would need to go into quarantine for 14 days before travelling. The quarantine facility would need to be at the airport. Everybody who works in the quarantine facility and everybody who works in the airport would need to be quarantined for 14 days in a separate facility before moving into their job. They would then not be allowed to leave for any reason. If they did leave they would need to go through the quarantine cycle again.
Pre-screening will not work with COVID-19. It is not like the 2003 SARS virus. Screening for the original SARS using thermometers and thermal imaging worked because people have the symptoms for many days before they become contagious. It is relatively easy to find them and isolate them before they can infect anyone. COVID-19 is the opposite - you start to become contagious before any detectable symptoms have emerged. Even an antigen test will not catch everybody because it only detects the virus when it is active. Someone could be in the early stage of infection and that infection would not be detected by any known screening method. A few days into the holiday they would become contagious and start infecting everyone around them. A few days after that they would develop symptoms and then be tested. At that point they could be isolated if the test was positive but it would be too late. A few days later all the people the first case infected would start infecting others, again without any symptoms and so on. Although any original cases and secondary cases within the holiday makers would go home there could be many secondary cases within the local community who came in contact with the infected holiday makers. They would then start spreading the infection wider in the local community.
Inviting visitors from plague island is total madness. Everything I hear in the villages around Chania is that they don't want holiday makers coming at all this year, not even from the mainland.
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