Costa Rican virologist Eugenia Corrales agrees with Romero on the point that the third wave is the result of a false sense of security and the population being too free. It occurred after the country’s economic reopening and a low number of cases in the first three months of this year.
“High-risk spaces for infection were opened, lots of people went back to work, churches opened up, as did schools, gyms, but what really pushed us to the brink were the Easter holidays, when lots of people moved about, there was a lot of social contact, crowds,” Corrales said.
Before the Easter holidays, the Government invited the population to go on holiday so that national tourism would give a boost to the tourism industry; but always respecting recommendations such as not breaking “social bubbles”, wearing a mask, washing hands and avoiding large gatherings. It seems that the second part of the message didn’t sink in.
“New strains (of the virus) may be playing some role in the spike in infections, but I believe it was mainly people being over-exposed. People really let loose and the virus overdeveloped,” Romero added.