It’s going to be short and sweet today. I’m just tired of the media making a big deal every time a person (or persons) get sick on a cruise ship. Here are a couple of figures from the CDC:

The average number of people who get Norovirus (annually)  in the United States is 19-21 MILLION.
The number of people (passengers AND crew) who got sick on cruise ships in 2013…2,315.  Once again, 2, 315!

It’s awful, and you feel miserable when it happens…I get it. I understand that! But what about city subway systems? Libraries? Airplanes? Department stores? I could go on. And, it is going to be very difficult to convince me that any of these (and other) places are monitored for cleanliness greater than cruise ships! No matter where, we are having to rely on human beings to stay away from others when sick…and that seldom happens! OK, rant completed…almost…


12 Thoughts on “Media, Enough is Enough…How About Some Noro-Facts!

  1. I am so glad that you made us aware of the vendetta that the media has against the cruise lines.

  2. I don’t know if it’s true, but I have been told the cruise ships are the only group required to report noro incidents to the CDC. Prior to her retirement, my wife worked at the county nursing home. They had a noro incident which resulted in several fatalities as well as a two week lock down. It made a small paragraph on an inside page of the local newspaper.

    • jeffreysolomon on February 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm said:

      Ed, you are correct. They are required to report the incidents if home-porting in the U.S.
      Sorry about the incidents at your wife’s place of employment. The CDC also reports that while deaths are not a common factor, they are more likely to occur if the individuals are on the frail side to begin with, coupled with the severity of symptoms.
      Thanks for visiting the blog, too. We hope you’ll visit often, and share your cruise stories with us!

  3. Beverly Holt on February 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm said:

    Thanks for sharing the statistics with us. Maybe we should contact the media to publish the findings.

    • jeffreysolomon on February 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm said:

      And thank you for reading and visiting, Beverly! I’ve posted the link to several media outlets, so we’ll see if anything comes of it. It certainly won’t hurt of you, and others, report the facts as well. Be well!!

  4. Excellent work Jeff……..shall print and forward to a client of mine who recently cruised on SILVERSEAS and complained bitterly that the entire ship “went down”
    ( with the virus that is ) and that it went completely unreported…..she is prone to exaggeration I might add! At times the publicity would almost lead the uninitiated to believe that the natural habitat of Noro Virus is in fact onboard luxury cruise ships….thank you for the enlightenment !!!!

    • jeffreysolomon on February 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm said:

      Thanks for the compliment and the information. I agree, we need to spread this (no pun…okay, yes, pun intended) to as many industry pros and media as possible and get the facts out there! Cheers, thanks for visiting, and be well.

  5. Michael Crye on February 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm said:

    I used to quote those statistics to the press and they helped. You are many times as likely to contract noro in virtually any public facility as a cruise ship. Unfortunately when you do on a cruise ship you are on vacation and it has a bigger impact because you don’t want to be quarantined to your cabin. Whereas when you are not on vacation it is not as impactful.

  6. The problem with this rant is it completely ignores where MOST of the Norovirus comes from: FOOD! Not from railings, not from deckchairs, not from theater armrests; that’s how passengers spread it once they catch it from THE FOOD THEY ARE SERVING EVERYONE! It gets there due to a sick crew member, who is undoubtedly expected to work unless he/she is vomiting everywhere. Crew members are supposed to report IMMEDIATELY when they are sick, but the US discovered this rarely happens, which is AGAINST THE LAW. Meanwhile passengers are quizzed about diarrhea and given hand sanitizer, which is USELESS against the Norovirus.

    Cruise ships are probably cleaner than most of the places we visit on them, but until passengers stop burying their heads in the sand and start looking into what is going on in the kitchens, these outbreaks are going to continue. Until then, don’t whine about the media. And avoid any foods that aren’t cooked!

    • jeffreysolomon on March 25, 2014 at 6:59 am said:

      KevyB, thanks for the comment. I’m not attempting to ignore anything. In fact, here is one of many links on the web! You can’t hide or ignore anything that anyone can find in this day and age!
      The rant is simply meant to communicate that Norovirus is not a cruise ship disease, and the numbers overwhelmingly show this.

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