ItaVero
Contributor Level: Captain

"Don't Worry - It's Not Catchy..." Not?

In spite of reasonably aggressive infection control (hand sanitizer stations at every food venue, the theater and throughout the ship; sneeze guards at all buffet food stations; hand sanitizer stations at security, disembarkation and tender sites), one week into our Cape Horn cruise on the Crown Princess and the coughing started. It could have been worse – norovirus, legionnaires, or worse. Hardly a plague ship – but still – by cruise-end a full quarter of the ship passengers were subtly coughing into their elbows, collars or handkerchiefs. A dry – barely productive cough – but a cough none-the-less. Not much the ship can do – or the passengers – against an aerosol pox. And we’d taken precautions – Immune Support, etc.


Tags: Illness infection control Hand Sanitizers

15 Answers

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

Sorry to hear that!  Getting ill on a cruise is no fun.  Come to think about it, getting ill at anytime is a bummer.  You get all those people in one relative small area and one has a disease....Happy to hear you took as much preventative measures as possible, maybe (?) it made it a little less for you.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Of course, all that hand sanitizer is anti-microbial and does nothing against virus. It is simply a feel-good measure that does absolutely nothing.

In order to protect one's self against the various virus, use regular soap and water.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Sometimes the good old fashion ways work best.    I still do take some Lysol wipes and hit all the surfaces I'll touch in my cabin.....and lets not forget to use a paper towel to open rest room doors (not everyone washes after using the rest room and I know where hands have been.......I don't touch bathroom door handles)

 

I also pack some immune boosters to take the week before the cruise and while on the ship.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I just go on as normal. I push the elevator buttons, I use the doorpulls and railings, and even use the tv remote. I guess I just ate a lot of dirt as a kid.

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Same here. 

I don't know about everywhere else, but probably 90% of Kentuckians have been coughing for months now.  This is one of the nastiest cold and flu seasons we have had for a while.  Too much record-breaking warm weather--everyone out and about and spreading the germs.

 

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I was wondering whose fault it wasBig Smile

We got the same problem down here. My boss was out for a week with it (YAY!). I've had it for about a month, but at least it's not debilitating. I figure it's just a weird form of the flu this year.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

No much flu going around here in Los Angeles,  But with the heavy rains we had and now 90 degree weather everything is green and in bloom.   I have been living on Zertec (the Costco generic of it) for weeks.  So yes I have the stuffy nose and watery eyes and sneezing,  but it is allergy and not flu.  After 10 years of taking the LA Subway system when I used to work,  I should be immune to almost anything.

 

I have noticed that more colds spread through the ship on the longer cruises.   I think part of this is your on the ship longer so more time for the incubation period to pass and older clients on longer cruises that do not have as strong an immune system as the younger people do. (getting old is not for wimps)

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

and drank out of the water hose when I was thirsty!

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

And didn't use a seatbelt until I was in my 20s.

Actually, when we weren't in the station wagon with the rear facing seat, I was usually laying on the back window deck!

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Wow, I thought my parents were the only ones who had a station wagon with the rear facing seat! Fond memoriesHappy. I rode my schwinn with the banana seat without an helmet. 

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