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The Perils of Travel Remain in the Time of COVID

a cautionary tale of our times

from the August, 2022 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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My husband and I headed to the Philippines for a liveaboard trip aboard the Discovery Palawan, which was to leave on June 16 from Puerto Princesa for the Tubbataha Reefs National Park. We were required to have a negative COVID test before we arrived in the Philippines.

There were 21 passengers and 27 crew on board the Discovery Palawan. We all took a rapid test before boarding. We later learned that one passenger had a questionable result but retested negative before we left the port.

Three days into the trip, the same guy (who brought rapid antigen tests with him) told the first officer he had symptoms, and his self-test was positive. We were told we could all test if we wanted, but our trip would continue as planned. The COVID-positive guest was quarantined in his cabin. Two days later, another guest had cold-like symptoms. He took a rapid test and was positive....

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