Norovirus is still hitting ships – 5 reasons why

ByRick Deutsch

Norovirus is still hitting ships – 5 reasons why

We’ve talked about the Norovirus  many times on this blog.  It’s an easy topic to write about. It continues to happen.

You may want to refresh on the topic if you forgot or if you are new to this site.  Bottom line, it’s the gastrointestinal illness that is spread from e-Coli contaminated objects.

Norovirus common on cruise ships

Norovirus is no fun

I won’t mention any cruise lines by name, but did you know that one ship has had six (6) norovirus outbreaks since 2010!  A different cruise line has suffered through 18 cases of GI sicknesses reported to the CDC since 2010.  A very recent ship had almost 10% of the pax get sick!

Here are some thoughts. Five simple ones on why:

  1. While every passenger has to sign a form that asks if they have had diarrhea or  other sickness in the last 30 days. Gee, guess what happens if you say yes?  Forget that cruise you paid big bucks for. You may not be allowed on.  So will people really tell the truth? I doubt it.
  2. People don’t wash their hands enough. Think of all the people using the handrails up and down the staircases – Oh, did that man just sneeze into this hand?
  3. Many just blow by the hand-sanitizer machines. Heck, they are there for other people – not me.
  4. Everyone shakes hands. That is a killer. We feel obligated when we meet someone new.  Yuck.  How about a fist bump instead? Maybe we should wear rubber gloves all day!
  5. When using the toilet – they don’t wash their hands. And if  they do, they then walk out the door and grab the handle. Use a towel to grab it!

If  person gets sick, he/she will be vomiting and otherwise spewing fluids.  Guess who gets to clean it all up? Yup, the same crew that has all their other work to do.

The CDC monitors all reports of incidents. Cruise ships participating in the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) are required to report the total number of gastrointestinal (GI) illness cases evaluated by the medical staff at least 24 hours before the ship arrives at a U.S. port.  If the GI illness count exceeds 2% of the total number of passengers or crew onboard, separate notice must sent.  The CDC may send staff to investigate.

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