A close recovery friend called the other day to tell me he'd been exposed to Covid-19 and that I shouldn't visit him for a few weeks as he was going to self-quarantine. I thanked him for the heads-up and asked him how he was exposed - so he told me about it.
He's a successful businessman and one of his cousins in another state asked if he could put her son to work so he could learn about business. Since the kid was bright, but didn't want to go to college, she thought maybe her cousin could introduce the son to the world of business. And since my friend believes experience is a better teacher than any classroom, he told his cousin yes. And gave her 20-something a job and let him live rent-free at his home.
And he said things went pretty well for a while. The youngster was a good worker, showed up on time, and became an asset to the company. But he had one flaw: he didn't believe in wearing masks or social distancing. And he had a habit of bringing different girls to the house and they didn't wear masks either.
Finally my friend told the youngster he could no longer bring any of his friends to the house. And the youngster made other arrangements. But most of the time he wore a mask on the job and was reminded if he forgot to wear one.
When my friend asked if he and his friends wore masks when they were together outside the house he said they did. But my friend didn't believe him because of previous conversations they'd had. Once he brought the subject up and the youngster that "he'd be okay, that he wouldn't catch anything." When my friend explained to him that wasn't about him, it was about the vulnerable people, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems it didn't seem to have much impact on him. Though he did half heartedly nod in agreement.
And a few days ago the youngster exhibited symtoms of infection so my friend had him tested. And, sure enough, he came back positive.
My friend was angry at first because he has to rapid test about 25 people who worked in the same office. Plus the boy failed to use common sense and follow his advice.
My friend wasn't amused when I reminded him of the old saying that "No good deed goes unpunished."