It was a group of ten Italian friends. They shared this week flight, transportation to the hotel in a minibus, dinners, laughs, hours on the sun loungers by the pool and, of course, a cocktail that brightened the night. In front of them, the sea, the open sky and the white and blinding light of the coast. One of them, a doctor from Emilia Romagna, a region of northern Italy, made less social life and spent hours locked in his room. It didn't feel good. His partner accompanied him in some moments of this feverish process. Monday, two days after arriving at resortHe took a taxi and went to a local hospital. There, for his professional experience, for the place he came from, he described to a colleague how he felt and, before finishing the explanation, he self-diagnosed: "I think I have coronavirus." I was right.
The doctor's partner, the next day, and two other friends, last Wednesday, were also infected. None of the four are in danger, as explained by the authorities, and only the first infected have symptoms of illness. The other three are asymptomatic, although highly infectious for those who deal with them. “It's not the vacation they dreamed, no doubt. But everything is under control. Of course, they get bored, ”say hospital sources.
Behind them they have left a hotel closed to lime and song with 1,000 people inside. The H10 Costa Adeje Palace, a resort of 400 rooms. It is an unprecedented situation in this tourist town in the south of Tenerife. “The hotel is now a town itself with 1,000 inhabitants and the hotel manager is the mayor. We try to help them with food, medical, psychological care and everything they need, ”explains a spokesman for the Canarian Government.
The six Italians of the initial group live a particular isolation from the rest of the clients. A bubble has been generated around them that keeps them away from the rest until they know for sure what their status is. Only they occupy 10 rooms, a complete floor. They have been confined in an area that nobody has access to. In principle, those six people are those who have been exposed to a greater risk of infection. The medical staff and the translators who accompany them so that there are no mistakes in the diagnosis have visited the six Italians wearing special suits, as in E.T. The hotel workers leave their food at a safe distance and then notify them by phone to pick it up.
Through the window of the rooms you can see people bathing in the pool and sunbathing. In two days all customers have been evaluated. Those who did not have any symptoms could move freely through the facilities, but those with a few tenths of fever have to stay in their rooms. Every so often they are evaluated again. "Active tracking", experts call him. The fact that the Italian doctor was pachucho and took shelter in the room prevented him from infecting more clients, outside his circle of friends.
Workers have been forced to take the longest shift of their lives. Yesterday, three days of confinement were completed and they were still at the foot of the canyon. In a heroic act, knowing that there was a work-related emergency inside, some employees who fought the day the crisis began yesterday entered the premises on their own feet. Of course, they signed a liability document before entering. It was a short time. Hours later they told all the employees that they could go home. With a warning: let them know if the fever rises.