All posts tagged norovirus

Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas, the Royal Caribbean Ship Possibly Plagued by Norovirus, is Back at Sea

Being trapped in a confined space surrounded by people who are visibly, audibly, and at times olfactibly sick with a highly contagious gastrointestinal illness is a miserable experience. It is this experience that Royal Caribbean passengers over the last two weeks called their cruise vacation. For two weeks in a row, Grandeur of the Seas passengers were stuck on a vessel plagued by what could potentially be norovirus, an infection that causes constant vomiting and diarrhea. The virus also spreads quickly, especially in an environment in which there are high levels of human-to-human contact (like on a cruise ship). Despite the two illness-riddled voyages, Grandeur of the Seas set sail on Saturday to the Bahamas for another seven-day cruise, right on schedule. No reports have yet surfaced about a third outbreak aboard the ship. Read more [...]

How to Protect Yourself from Germs on Cruise Ships

There are several reasons norovirus on cruise ships is so common. Close living quarters may increase the amount of group contact or new passenger arrivals may bring the virus to other passengers and crew. It can also occur through unsanitary practices by staff, meaning not washing their hands before preparing food. Read more [...]
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