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Is a cruise ship a petri dish. Some say yes.
« on: February 07, 2020, 06:06:37 PM »
"Concerns about a potential infection among thousands of passengers at sea exposes the vulnerability of cruise ships to viral illnesses, like the coronavirus.

"Outbreaks of respiratory transmitted infections, especially Norovirus and influenza, occur quite often on cruise ships," Paul Hunter, professor in Medicine at the UK's University of East Anglia, said in statement. "Cruise passengers are often older than average and spend a lot of time indoors with other people who may have come from all over the world.

"If a passenger has the 2019 nCoV [as this coronavirus is officially known] then it is likely to spread more rapidly than on land and, given the relatively high age of many passengers, the probability of more severe disease is high in those affected," he added.

The threat also raises questions about the durability of Asia's booming leisure cruise industry, which counts the elderly as among its most loyal customers."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/us-honeymooners-are-stuck-on-coronavirus-cruise-ship-%E2%80%94-and-they-dont-know-when-theyll-get-to-leave/ar-BBZITFm?li=BBnbfcL

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Cruise ships regularly make the news as places where infections spread rapidly
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2020, 04:44:58 PM »
"Cruise ships regularly make the news as places where infections spread rapidly. 

They bring together thousands of people, concentrating them in small spaces where they share meals, swimming pools and common areas, providing a perfect environment for the spread of infections, said Dr. John Lynch, an infectious disease specialist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“It’s like when college students come back to dorm rooms, where we’ve seen the spread of measles and mumps,” he said.

Though viral respiratory illnesses are primarily spread through droplets when people cough or sneeze in close contact with one another, touching contaminated surfaces and then touching one’s eyes, mouth or nose can also spread viruses, Dr. Lynch said."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/world/asia/coronavirus-japan-cruise-ship.html

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How Coronavirus Can Kill
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 04:27:27 PM »