There has been a lot of publicity these days around cruise ships and the spread of Covid-19. The things we do know about the virus is it can be spread by people being in close proximity to one another, and it can have life threatening consequences for those in the older age groups, with co-morbidity.
There are some things that we know we can do to protect ourselves. Cover our mouths with our sleeve or a tissue when we cough or sneeze. Washing our hands on a regular basis, using soap and water, and when not possible using hand sanitizing gel. The cruise lines have experience with dealing with infectious diseases. Noro-virus being one that has cropped up a few times on cruise ships. When my husband and I took our 19th year anniversary cruise in December we were on the NCL Joy that had an outbreak of Noro-virus the previous 2 sailings before. Though we had concerns, we also knew that the cruise line was taking every possible precaution from deep sanitizing of their ship for the third week in a row, to the utilization of Germstar in their hand sanitizer machines…. and the famous “washy washy, happy happy”.
On a cruise you should come prepared for just about everything. From hand sanitizer, to a first aid kit. But how can you help ensure you have a fun, healthy, trip?
- Do not get on the ship sick with a fever or other flu virus symptoms. I realize that people spend thousands of dollars for a cruise, sometimes saving up for years, but getting on a cruise ship sick with a virus s never a good idea, To help insure your safety and to support their loyal customer base, the cruise lines are offering Cruise with Confidence, a new cancellation policy, while we figure out how Covid-19 is affecting our day-to-day lives. This helping you book with confidence, knowing your investment of a remarkable voyage have not gone to waste.
- Wash your hands. Now I know this sounds pretty simple, but a lot of people do not know that you need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Making sure you get soap between each finger and thoroughly rinse off and dry.
- Cover your mouth when you cough with a tissue or your sleeve, and then wash your hands after you do.
- We touch our faces nearly 2000 times a day, keep your hands away from your face to reduce the chances of contact contamination.
- Check with your doctor before your cruise and make sure that you are in good enough health to go.
- Pack enough medications for your cruise and additional week or two. Just to be safe, you should always have spare medications, even when not in times of uncertainty like we are experiencing now.
- Don’t panic and believe everything you read online. Bookmark reliable sources for pertinent information on Covid-19. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).