DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11445 posts, RR: 77 Posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1435 times:
OK...over the last couple of years we have heard of several cruise ships having hundreds of passengers getting sick. Why is this happening so much recently, and is it possible it is caused by a similar issue as with the airliners with the bad water supply?
Corey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2525 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1429 times:
Other than the 250 people that just got sick on the Royal Caribbean cruise, I can't recall any other "recent" incidents.
The person on the RC cruise admitted to having a contagious illness, and unlike plane rides which are over in a couple hours, people are exposed to each other for a week in a confined area. I think it's obvious how easily a contagious illness can spread on a ship.
Beefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1352 times:
My wife and I were on the Norwegian Dream from Jan. 9-16. The cruiselines have become very proactive the past couple of years in trying to avoid the spread of the viruses which can cause an outbreak on a ship.
The biggest addition which we noticed on this past cruise was hand sanitizers. They have them EVERYWHERE on the ship. They are little machines which you put you hands under and a little bit of sanitzer drops onto your hands. They were located outside the dining rooms, casino, internet cafe, and by the gangway whenever you reboarded the ship.
Remember, there are more cruise ships sailing around the world right now than there has been at anytime in history. Plus, these ships are larger than they have ever been so you have massive amounts of people sailing each week. All it takes a few infected people on a ship and it can spread like wildfire if precautions are not taken.
Jake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 1324 times:
As some of the posters here have stated, hand washing is paramount. In the health industry the standard is to wash with soap for at least 30 seconds. Not a quick rinse and run.
Remember how kids are told, "dinner's ready, go wash your hands"? or how they are taught to wash after using the facilities? Adults lapse into bad habits and forget they are NOT at home (and thus NOT exposed to "new" germs/viruses from strangers). So wash them paws!!
And don't put your finger into your nose or mouth unless you have washed!!!