Guest admits COVID infection in divisive note to hotel staff

A hotel worker shared a message she received from an alleged guest who told her they had COVID-19 in a viral TikTok video.

TikTok user @guerasworld posted the now-deleted video on May 1, and it was viewed more than 300,000 times prior to its removal. Viewers were on the matter of shared protocols for travelers if they test positive for COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one should not travel while awaiting COVID-19 test results.

A woman shared in a now-deleted TikTok video the message she allegedly received from a guest who told her they had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Above is an archive image of a positive COVID-19 test.
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“If you test positive while you are at your destination, you must isolate and delay your return until you are safe to travel,” the agency said. “Your travel companions may need to be quarantined.”

In her video, @guerasworld showed a $20 bill as a tip next to the handwritten note.

“I had COVID so please disinfect the room as much as possible/be careful,” the note read. “If you get sick, I’m sorry, I’ve done my best.”

The short clip was accompanied by the caption “Lol yikes”.

Viewers rushed to the comments section to share their thoughts.

One TikTok user wrote that the guest should have notified the front desk, although one wrote that if the guest found out about their diagnosis during their stay at the hotel, they would understand the situation better.

Some wrote that it was polite for the guest to inform anyone at the hotel of their diagnosis.

“OMG lol nice touch but at least they were honest,” one commented.

@guerasworld responded and said the note asked them if there were other guests who had COVID-19 who did not disclose that information.

“Surely I got it like that in January,” she wrote.

In another reply to another comment, @guerasworld revealed that she hoped she wouldn’t get sick after cleaning the room as she was fully vaccinated, had the booster shot and had COVID-19 twice.

Before coming to work, @guerasworld said she aired the room for several hours before going inside.

Some commentators felt it was not a serious matter.

“C’mon folks, at least they tried,” wrote one viewer. “You know damn well that you, your friend or your family have been out in public with a cold or Covid before.”

In a follow-up video, @guerasworld responded to a comment accusing her of being “ungrateful” for the tip.

She asked how she came across as ungrateful, and another commenter chimed in.

“How you behaved,” they wrote. “The fact that you didn’t say you were grateful. she [can’t] help the fact that they got covid. Maybe they were protecting someone who had a compromised immune system.”

However, other viewers defended @guerasworld.

“Ah people really think a little money means people can do or treat you however they want,” commented one viewer.

“Idk [about] her, but I wouldn’t be grateful to find out I got in touch [with] covid,” wrote another.

news week reached out to @guerasworld for further comments.

Other videos of people sharing their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic have gone viral.

A nurse shared a video on TikTok in December 2021 warning people to stay alert during the pandemic, otherwise surges could lead to overwhelmed hospitals.

Another video went viral after a woman documented her experience living through the lockdowns put in place in Shanghai.

Viral video showed a woman learning she had tested positive for COVID-19 and was pregnant.

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