Woman Branded Terrorist For Taking COVID To Argentina

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

This 25-year-old who has been hospitalised twice with coronavirus has revealed she has been called a “terrorist” online by netizens angry at her for taking the virus from Madrid to Argentina.

Argentine national Marisol San Roman had been studying a master’s degree in Administration since August 2019 in the Spanish capital Madrid where she contracted the disease.

She says she had gone to dinner with three Mexican friends before flying back home and had even used her friend’s lipstick in the bathroom.


Speaking about the night she said “it was a night with no luck, where a silent nightmare started like a ghost, the ghost was inside us and there was no way of getting rid of it”.

San Roman then travelled to Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital on 12th March, a week before Argentina announced lockdown measures for the coronavirus.

“We travelled in an Iberia plane without precautions. Everybody was coughing, I was very careful not to take off my face mask.”


She says that she was wearing the mask as a preventative measure as her university had suffered three confirmed cases of COVID-19 but was not suffering symptoms herself.

On 13th March she began suffering from a sore throat and a fever, with a doctor then diagnosing her with COVID-19 and beginning isolation protocols.

She was hospitalised for a week before being confirmed to be suffering from the virus and she then told the doctor about the direct contact she had had with others and realised about the lipstick.


She was taken to another hospital where the symptoms reportedly worsened.

She says three of her four friends who went to the dinner together were diagnosed with COVID-19 but the owner of the lipstick did not have the symptoms.

After suffering another two days of fever she was discharged and sent home, but one day later she was hospitalised again.

After being checked by doctors she was sent back home but she now checks in with doctors twice per week through Skype.

She told local media that since her story was published she has received messages of support online but also threats from netizens some of whom even called her a “terrorist”.

She has reported the threats to the authorities but so far it is unclear if it is being investigated.

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Argentina has reported 966 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 24 deaths and 228 recovered.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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