Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that we’re in the middle of a pandemic and that there are certain guidelines we are all expected to follow. For starters, wear a face mask, practice social distancing, avoid crowds and wash your hands.

Why is it so important to do all of these things? So that we don’t get sick and so that we don’t accidentally get someone else sick if we happen to have COVID-19 and not know it. Some people never have symptoms and wouldn’t even know they had the novel coronavirus unless they got tested.

It should also go without saying that if you are sick and have any symptoms at all of COVID-19, you should stay home and self-quarantine. Even if you are not sick but have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should stay home and self-quarantine.

We’ve heard of people defying these guidelines. For example, we’re heard of people getting kicked off airplanes for refusing to put on a face mask. We would hope those people, although defiant, were at least healthy and not contagious.

The idea of someone with COVID-19 going someplace crowded like a grocery store makes us nervous, but the idea of someone who knows he or she has the virus going somewhere even more crowded, leaves us almost speechless.

One couple from Lihue, Hawaii, did the unthinkable. They boarded a plane from San Francisco to Kawaii with a small child knowing they had tested positive for COVID-19. The couple was arrested for reckless endangerment because they knowingly put the lives of the people on the plane at risk. Watch the video below for more details.

After hearing a story like this, we understand more than ever why the CDC so strongly recommended not traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday. We can only assume that this family was trying to travel home after the holiday weekend and wasn’t going to let a positive COVID-19 test stop them.

If you have COVID-19, please stay home. If you are away from home, please find somewhere that you can self-quarantine.