The story of a teacher who self-quarantined for 5 hours in the in-flight bathroom after being confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) immediately after boarding the airliner is a hot topic.
Marisa Portieo said she felt a sore throat on her way from Chicago on the 20th to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
He quickly tested with the simple test kit he brought and confirmed that he was positive for COVID-19.
Portieo then decided to stay in the bathroom for the rest of the trip.
In the process, the flight attendants provided meals and drinks for Fortieo, who had to stay in the bathroom for the entire duration of the trip.
It is not yet known whether Fortiero submitted the results of the COVID-19 test before boarding.
“It was a crazy experience,” Portieo, from Michigan, USA, said in an interview with NBC.
Portieo also praised the crew for helping him in a difficult situation.
“The flight attendants took care of everything from food to drinks for the next five hours, and they kept asking me about my condition,” he said.
Portieo said he was taken to a Red Cross hotel shortly after arriving in Iceland and placed in quarantine.
Meanwhile, this incident occurred amid a surge in cases of COVID-19 omicron mutation infection across the United States.
Omicron mutations have milder symptoms than other mutations, but are known to be more contagious.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average daily number of new cases over the past seven days reached 277,000, the highest level since the pandemic. However, mortality and hospitalization rates are relatively stable.
As the number of those currently quarantined for infection increases, the burden is increasing on several industries, including the airline industry.
In particular, FlightAware, which deals with flight information, reported that about 1,100 flights were canceled nationwide as US airlines canceled flights for the sixth consecutive day.