Speakers beware of Norovirus; keep your hands clean

ByRick Deutsch

Speakers beware of Norovirus; keep your hands clean

We recently wrote about how speakers can choose their line of choice. One reason is to avoid historic problems. Turns out that it happened again. The Royal Caribbean’s  Oasis of the Seas apparently had several passengers sick with gastrointestinal issues including diarrhea, severe nausea, and vomiting.

There’s no statement about how many got sick and so far there is no confirming of norovirus. The norovirus has been a plague on ships. It hits the person hard and they are down for a 3-day in-room quarantine.  The ship has to report the circumstances to the Center for Disease Control for evaluation.

The Norovirus can strike anyone - even speakers

The Norovirus can strike anyone – even speakers

Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Each year, it causes 19-21 million illnesses and contributes to 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths. Norovirus is also the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States. Speakers beware – sturdy the lines carefully.

This is the official Carnival Statement on the issue:

“Hello, this is Royal Caribbean International. We would like to provide you with some important information regarding your Saturday, December 28, sailing onboard Oasis of the Seas out of Port Everglades, Florida. During the ship’s last sailing, a number of guests experienced a gastrointestinal illness. We will conduct enhanced sanitizing onboard the ship and within the terminal to help prevent any illness from affecting your cruise. Therefore, your check-in and boarding will be delayed. Because space and seating in the terminal is limited, we ask that you not arrive to the port before 1:30 PM. Check in will take place between 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and we look forward to welcoming you onboard.”



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