Monday, April 6, 2020

What Would Have Happened to Us If We Traveled To Brazil?

Monday, April 6, 2020

I wonder what would have happened to us if we decided to push through with our trip to Brazil, as originally planned. There are  now 11,281 cases of COVID-19 in the country and most are concentrated in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where we intended to stay. On the very day of our supposed departure from San Jose to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil closed down its beaches, restricted access to all tourist attractions, shut down land borders with neighboring countries, and banned travelers from Europe and Asia Pacific in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Unlike its Latin American neighbors who have enforced strict lockdown measures, the president of Brazil dismissed the severity of the virus and urged an end to the quarantine and social distancing  measures enforced by state governors.

With all that going on, I am glad to have stayed here in Costa Rica where the number of cases is four times lower than that of Brazil and where the government lead by the Health Minister keeps its citizens informed on how they are fighting against the spread of the coronavirus in the country.  I do hope that the Costa Rican government's proactive measures eventually flatten the COVID-19 curve. 

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