“The largest coronavirus outbreak outside mainland China is not in a country, but on a cruise ship.” -BBC News (As of February 12, 2020)
While it may seem safer to leave the areas on land where the coronavirus has been detected and instead embark on a cruise, this is perhaps one of the worst things you can do.
The last thing you want is to be trapped on a floating island with people who are contaminated with the virus.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened on the Diamond Princess cruise. Read on to learn more about the coronavirus on cruise ships.
The Coronavirus is Spreading
The Diamond Princess recently went on lockdown when a prior passenger had positive test results for the coronavirus after getting off the ship. Out of a total of 3,700 people on board, 500 of them were tested, and 174 of them tested positive for the virus.
The Diamond Princess isn’t the only ship that’s been affected. A cruise ship in Hong Kong quarantined 3,600 passengers as a result of concerns that people may have caught the virus. Passengers were allowed to disembark if their tests returned negative.
Another cruise ship carrying over 1,450 people coming from Hong Kong on February 1st was not allowed to port in Japan, Taiwan, Guam, and the Philippines, even though the virus was not found on the ship. It was then approved to port in Cambodia.
Cruise Ships Are “Floating Petri Dishes”
According to Prof Sanjaya Senanayake, an infectious diseases specialist at the Australian National University, there’s a heightened risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases aboard ships.
The coronavirus is particularly dangerous because it transfers from person to person through droplets from mucus or saliva. That means you don’t have to come in direct contact with a carrier of the virus to contract it.
For example, if someone sneezes on a handrail and then you touch that same handrail moments later, you have a chance of developing the virus.
We’re Here For You
If you’ve sustained injuries or illness aboard a cruise ship as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our skilled attorneys with your case right away. After all, it’s your health on the line.
Call Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today at (305) 692-0055 to speak with a Miami attorney about your cruise ship injury case.