A Word About Noro Virus versus Flu

After 12 cruises in a year, it finally hit me ... A bout of the Noro Virus which lasted about 36 hours and fortunately waited till I was home to hit.  I now know the difference between the two - Noro vs regular flu - because the Noro comes on like a freight train and the symptoms (vomiting/diarrhea) are non-stop for several hours.  And violent.  I can only imagine how horrific it would be if I were on a cruise ship when it hit....it was difficult enough in my own bathroom and I can't fathom being in a cruise ship bathroom ... impossible.

As a word of warning, when I say comes on abruptly and violently, you have 2 seconds before imploding ... Should you feel hot clammy slightly nauseous - do not WAIT for it to pass - run!  

Great morning banter for ya but I guess I wanted to stress the difference in the two because the Noro hits so hard and fast.  The good news was that my husband was/is perfectly fine!

11 Answers

Sorry you have been sick. All I've managed to catch so far is the infamous cold/bronchitis thing.

What with being in crowded airports and cruise terminals, as well as the ships and planes, it's a wonder we all don't get sick every time.

I was truly glad it was me not hubby!!! But bless his sweet heart - he did clean up the mess - what a guy!

Sorry you returned sick but very happy your DH was not! I would rather learn from you than have my own experience...please and thank you!

I would normally not post on this type of thing BUT I felt it important to stress the difference. Way different than normal flu or even food poisoning. I can clearly see how this could become a disaster on a ship - equivalent of 500 babies with projectile vomiting....And literally, no time to seek cabin! Good news is how fast it passed - about 8 hours of really bad stuff then done. My dehydration was horrific and after speaking to my doctor, I realized I needed water water water and electrolytes back in my system.

My husband and I were together non-stop so it also makes me wonder if my immune system was weaker than his and less able to fight it off....

Sorry you got ill. At least you were lucky enough to be at home when it hit.

When I'm on a cruise I take some extra supplements to boost my immune system. Since doing this I have not had more then a stuffy nose while on a ship.

Thoughts of Chicken Soup and Gatorade go out to you.

Welp! That's is for me... No more cruising.

Didn't phase me - I'm planning my next cruise even as we speak. If I get sick once in a year out of 12 cruises, I think that's pretty good!

Luckily I have never gotten sick with this virus even though I have been on ships where is was epidemic. I feel your pain & hope that you never have to go through that again. Who knows soon they may have a shot to prevent it. If they did, I would get it.

Really! What a pleasant picture she gave us to see even with our eyes closed! Angry

TMI. Surprised


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