Rumors are currently swirling about a couple cases of illnesses that seem to be circulating through a few different cruise ships. With outbreaks of coronavirus having already occurred on several different vessels, news outlets are being quick to jump onto these stories. It is good for our media outlets to keep us informed, especially during a time like this current pandemic when information can be the difference between us being safe and contracting the disease. Still, let’s not get too freaked out about new cruise ship outbreaks before we know all the facts.
There are currently two ships from Costa that could be dealing with possible coronavirus outbreaks. They are the Costa Magica and the Costa Favolosa. Currently, these ships are being manned by hundreds of crew members, but are not operating commercial itineraries and are not occupied by any passengers. The Magica evacuated six crew, while the Favolosa evacuated seven, due to complaints of respiratory problems. These employees were quickly taken to a hospital in Florida via the Coast Guard. The two ships are remaining a few miles off the coast of Florida, as ordered by the Coast Guard. A spokesperson for Carnival, Costa’s owner, said that there were more crew members on the vessels that were experiencing other common coronavirus symptoms, such as those similar to the flu.
As of now, there are no tests to suggest that these crew members are suffering from coronavirus. It could be the flu, pneumonia, or anything else. Still, it should be treated as a coronavirus outbreak, and everyone should seek proper precautions.
In addition to those two Costa ships, we are also getting word that there is a potential outbreak on Zandaam, a Holland-America ship. As of March 26, the numbers were definitely worrying: 30 guests and 47 crew members were complaining of symptoms similar to that of influenza. It will likely not be until March 30 that the ship is docked, so passengers are trying to isolate in their rooms until then to stop the spread of whatever it is they are dealing with.
Much like the Costa ships, no testing has been carried out yet. There aren’t any COVID-19 tests available on the Zaandam, so we will have to wait until March 30 at the earliest. Due to how quickly it seems the sickness has proliferated, it would not be a huge surprise if it were indeed coronavirus.
The answer to the question of whether or not there is a coronavirus outbreak on these ships is currently unclear. No testing has been performed, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Still, it is smart to take this as another reminder to avoid contact with the public as much as you can right now. Whether it’s COVID-19, the flu or something else, you’d rather be safe at home than sick on a vacation! So, isolate as much as you can and have yourself a little staycation, dear reader. Your dream cruise can wait for now.