Norovirus on a Cruise

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How to Cope with Norovirus on a Cruise

By Anna Lynn Sibal

Norovirus
Nothing ruins a vacation more than getting sick in the middle of it. Instead of having fun with your fellow passengers while participating in the various activities the cruise ship's events manager has in store or while going on shore excursions, you get to stay in bed, coping with your pain and feeling miserable about it. More than likely, the cruise crew will have had you quarantined within your own cabin.

Among the illnesses that are notorious for spreading on cruise ships is infection from the norovirus. A typical norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship is enough to land the headlines and is often enough to scare people from going on cruises. But in reality, a pandemonium over the norovirus is not warranted, as only one out of ten passengers often gets affected by the virus. The only cause for concern on a norovirus outbreak is that the virus easily spreads within closed environments like a cruise ship and that it cannot be treated easily through the use of antibiotics.

Among the illnesses that are notorious for spreading on cruise ships is infection from the norovirus. A typical norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship is enough to land the headlines and is often enough to scare people from going on cruises. But in reality, a pandemonium over the norovirus is not warranted, as only one out of ten passengers often gets affected by the virus. The only cause for concern on a norovirus outbreak is that the virus easily spreads within closed environments like a cruise ship and that it cannot be treated easily through the use of antibiotics.

The norovirus spreads through contaminated food and water. It can also be caught by touching doorknobs, railings, furniture and other public fixtures. The norovirus has an incubation period of around two days and a person infected by the norovirus can suffer from the illness within one to five days. Once recovered, the patient can still spread the contagion to other people within two weeks.

The manifestation of a norovirus infection is akin to having gastroenteritis. Its symptoms include nausea and vomiting, accompanied by diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The patient can also experience muscle pains, headaches and fever.

Contrary to what others may think, a norovirus infection is not an inevitable part of your cruise vacation. Through proper hygiene and the right diet, you can avoid getting sick from the norovirus. Here are steps you can take to keep yourself from getting infected:

    Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after eating, after going to the bathroom and after holding things that other passengers have touched. Wash your hands as well if you have been out too long in a crowded place like the lounge or the ship's casino. If it is not possible for you to go to the bathroom to wash your hands, always have a hand sanitizer ready.

    If there are reported cases on board your cruise ship, steer clear of the public bathrooms and use the bathroom in your cabin instead.

    If possible, avoid going to places where there are just too many people. You will never know who has the virus incubating in their systems and too many bodies jam-packed in too small a place is just too perfect for the start of an outbreak.

    Try not to touch railings and doorknobs.

    Keep your body healthy by getting enough sleep and exercise. This will keep your body's immune system from getting weak. Also, eat healthy and avoid overindulging yourself with the scrumptious meals served on board the ship. Do not forget your vitamins and your mineral supplements.

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