Norovirus is still alive and infecting; Holland America “Ryndam” ship struck

ByRick Deutsch

Norovirus is still alive and infecting; Holland America “Ryndam” ship struck

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How to avoid Norovirus? Wash your hands – a lot.

It would sure be easy to have a monthly column on Cruise ships and the norovirus. Lord knows, we’ve written a lot blogs about it. The ms Ryndam was on a two weeker around the British Isles when a lot of the 1,600 guests reported the classic symptoms…worse of which is diarrhea.

The treatment on board is basically 3-day quarantine and 4 rolls of Charmin. ;>)

I’ve never had it, but I’m sure it will ruin a dream vacation. Ugh. Poor Holland America. You can search back to read the litany of incidents in the industry’s recent past.

RELATED; How to avoid getting it.

The ship ended the cruise a day early. The ship got the “over-under” cleaning in port. Passengers were given hotels as they waited for their flights home. Holland America is a great ship. All it takes is a few people touching stuff and not washing hands.

Here’s a statement from the line:

At the first sign of an increase in cases, we immediately initiated enhanced sanitation procedures to interrupt the spread of this virus.  This protocol has been developed in coordination with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and includes such measures as thorough disinfection of high-touch surfaces like railings, door handles and elevator buttons; encouraging passengers to use correct hand washing procedures and hand sanitizing gels placed throughout the ship; isolating ill passengers in cabins; and providing regular verbal and written communication to guests about steps they can take to stay well while onboard and safeguard the health of others. 

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