Internet Slams Woman Who Took Children to Theater After Positive COVID Test

A woman took to Mumsnet to share her anger that her sister-in-law took her son and nephew out to a show despite having tested positive for COVID—and the internet is outraged.

Posting to the discussion-based site on December 30 under the account name AnotherannoyngSIL, the woman began by explaining that despite having a fractured relationship with her sister-in-law she thought they'd made a "positive turn."

This is because she had "taken my older son and hers to the pantomime as I've got a broken leg (though she has made a big thing about helping out)."

However she then revealed: "Unfortunately she's just text me to say "BTW I've had a positive lateral and waiting on my PCR but decided to take the boys anyway as xxx (her son) was looking forward to it, I'm sure that's fine"."

"In which universe is that fine?? She's risking not just my son, but the others she's gone with and the whole audience!!"

She added: "I'm assuming she waited till she was there to tell me so I couldn't do anything."

"Husband says I'm being unreasonable for being annoyed as the rules aren't clear cut and she hasn't had the PCR test back."

She ended the post by asking whether she was being unreasonable "for wanting to ban her as she's so irresponsible and only really cares about herself?"

The CDC has recently shortened the recommended time for isolation for people who have contracted COVID to five days, followed by a further five days of wearing a well-fitting mask.

Tracked from the start of the pandemic, the U.S recently surpassed 50 million COVID cases and 800,000 deaths.

The post has gained lots of traction on the parenting forum, attracting more than 450 comments with many outraged at the sister-in-law's actions.

One Mumsnet user, Lacedwithgrace, wrote: "Lots of people seem to think until they're positive they're fine. Same people who go on as normal while their entire household is isolating."

Notanothertakeaway added: "This makes me really angry. My approach has generally been cautious, but sensible. When I hear stories like this, it makes me even more cautious. If everyone else was sensible, I shouldn't have to be more cautious

Twocatsandtwokids stated: "Awful, hideous behaviour. Why is she entitled to do that?! I can't believe there are people out there who would actually do this."

WallaceinAnderland typed "The virus must be rubbing its hands in glee. What a plonker!"

However not everyone thought the sister-in-law was in the wrong, with Marianne1234 exclaiming: "F*** right off with the selfish chat. It has been two years. We have sacrificed plenty.

"It's not selfish to want to carry on with your life. It's entirely normal and understandable. Stop trying to demonise people for this."

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A file photo of a positive COVID test. On Mumsnet, one woman shared her anger that her sister-in-law had taken her son out after a positive lateral flow test. iStock