US TV producer trapped in the triangle by Covid-19
American television network NBC has highlighted the pandemic perils of overseas travel after one of its producers was forced to quarantine in Bermuda.
Mimi Segal, an NBC10Boston producer, said that she and her husband planned a break on the island after they were vaccinated against the coronavirus – but still spent 14 days confined to their hotel room after arrival.
Ms Segal said she had tested negative several times before her departure – but had a positive result four days into her vacation.
Ms Segal said: "My husband and I are both fully vaccinated and we planned this wonderful week in Bermuda.“
Ms Segal was speaking in a segment broadcast on the station earlier this week called “Trapped in Paradise”.
She said that Bermuda’s reputation as a destination that had successfully contained the spread of Covid-19 made it the perfect location for a break.
She added: "We chose Bermuda because they do have such serious protocols in place to deal with Covid – we felt safe coming here.
"But I never imagined that, as someone who was fully vaccinated with two-plus weeks after that last shot, I would ever test positive for Covid."
The Segals were forced to quarantine in their hotel for 14 days under Government public safety regulations after Ms Segal’s positive test.
They had to stay for 18 days in the same hotel at their own expense rather than their planned week.
Ms Segal said that, because of the extended exile, the couple had to have essential medicines shipped to the island by courier service.
She added that she was fortunate that the two were able to work remotely, so did not need to take extra time off work.
Ms Segal added a major bonus was that their room had a balcony with ocean views.
She said: "The general manager of our hotel went to the grocery store for us and we have Cheerios and Special K and bananas.
“We are eating that for breakfast and lunch, and getting food from the hotel for dinner.
"We ended up having to have some prescriptions Federal-Expressed to us, and that has to clear Customs, and there are a lot of logistics that we're doing during a global pandemic in a foreign country.“
She added: “The hotel is being lovely and generous and cutting us a Covid break.
"But it is still not how we would have planned to spend this money.“
Leslie Gaydos, the interviewer, started the segment with a piece to camera and said: “So many of us are vaccinated and anxious to get away after a year of pandemic lockdowns.
“Travel options outside the US are still limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, but if you are planning to leave the country, realise the risks.”
“Another country's rules could leave you trapped in paradise.”
Ms Gaydos also highlighted Bermuda’s strict Covid-19 testing regime, including a pre-arrival test, a test on arrival, and a test four days later.
The report featured an interview with a travel agent who recommended that travellers get full insurance.
Ms Gaydos told her viewers: “Some other things to consider – would you be able to miss work for another two weeks if you can't make it home?
“What about your kids and pets at home?”
She added: “And in addition to medications, you might want to pack your work laptop and some laundry detergent in case you end up washing your clothes in the hotel sink.”