We’ve all heard the horror stories about illnesses spreading like wildfire among cruise ship passengers.
The fact is, a cruise ship is the perfect incubator for contagious disease. People are packed close together, making it easy for germs to spread.
The norovirus is the biggest culprit.
It causes stomach flu. The CDC estimates that 1 in 10 cruise ship passengers become infected with the norovirus while on board. It causes intense stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.[i]
No one wants to spend their hard-earned vacation time in misery. Here are six ways to cut your risk of getting the stomach flu during a cruise:[ii]
- Skip the buffet. The buffet can be a norovirus spreader. Serving spoon handles touch many hands during a meal. It’s safer if you go to one of the ship’s restaurants for meals made to order.
- Use hand sanitizer. We often infect ourselves with bugs when we touch surfaces that a lot of people come in contact with. Thoroughly rub sanitizer into your hands before eating and after touching railings and door knobs. Be sure to get a brand that contains at least 70% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face. Viruses and bacteria get into your system when you rub your eyes or nose with germ-ridden fingers.
- Avoid public restrooms. Whenever possible, use your cabin bathroom. Surfaces in public bathrooms can be a virus hot spot. When you do use public facilities, wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
- Drink bottled water. When in port in foreign locales, don’t drink from the tap. Contaminated water can lead to “Montezuma’s revenge,” also known as traveler’s diarrhea.
- If you start to feel ill, rest immediately in your cabin. You’ll recover faster. You’ll also be doing your fellow passengers a favor by not spreading the virus.
Following a few precautions can help ensure your cruise is a dream vacation rather than a nightmare.
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