It’s been eight days since Grace Alone Antonio returned to Guam on a flight from Hawaii and was placed on home isolation. But she is disappointed that no one has come to her home to ensure that she is following self-isolation guidelines.
The response towards the coronavirus outbreak is one that has required many island residents returning from travel to voluntarily self-isolate at home.
Grace Alone Antonio is one of those returning residents who signed a voluntary home isolation contract and while she has held up her end of the agreement she says the government has not checked on her once in the eight days she has been in quarantine.
“What if I decided to leave my house? What if I decided to go get some groceries or whatever? Nobody knows. Nobody knows if I leave my house so that’s a way of not really taking it seriously. I know they cannot monitor everybody but a better place for everybody is to stay in one quarantine place. That way, we all get monitored,” Antonio said.
She arrived on island eight days ago and says her experience with Guam’s response to the virus has her disappointed, saying there was no social distancing measure taken at the airport and while public health officials provided forms for them to sign, they gave little to no information about what she should expect, other than someone would come to her home to monitor and check her temperature and make sure she didn’t leave her home.
“And when I finished filling out the form I asked the lady from public health what the form is for and she said it’s for people to isolate themselves at home and not go anywhere. So what if I want to go get something from the store and she said no, you can not go to the store. You have to ask your family member to go to the store for you,” Antonio said.
She added: “I was thinking that a returning resident, no matter if you’re a visitor, we should have another place aside from our own home to be isolated to be self-quarantined because we don’t know. I myself came here and don’t know if I’m going to get sick within the 14 days and it’s unfair.”
Since isolating at home, Antonio has also minimized contact with her family but believes that if what happened to her is happening to others on home isolation without actual enforcement, that is not enough to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
She adds that she knows the Governor does not have the authority to close the borders but says because of what she is experiencing on home isolation she doesn’t believe the government is taking the pandemic seriously and is afraid that the virus will continue to spread.