Defer Cruise Travel; Inside the Princess Outbreak — CDC

Clay Curtis
March 26, 2020

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His death brings the state's COVID-19 toll to two, and 13 nationally.

She told Insider: "There could be infectious virus present, though I'd think that's unlikely based on the other research that has shown SARSCoV2 generally dies on surfaces after 24-72 hours".

Researchers looked at the rooms of infected passengers aboard the Diamond Princess, both those who showed symptoms and those who did not, according to a study Monday (March 23) in the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

However, Dr Derek Gatherer, an infectious disease specialist at Lancaster University, is not convinced the coronavirus can stay on surfaces for 17 days.

For those who were keeping track of the news, you may probably have caught wind of the Diamond Princess cruise ship at some point, as for a period of time, the cruise ship suffered from an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus on-board, forcing passengers and crew to be trapped in isolation. So we can't say for sure whether people would have been infected if they had come into contact with the surfaces where the virus was still present.

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The research looked at the efforts by health authorities in Japan and the U.S.to contain the spread of the coronavirus onboard the Carnival-owned Diamond Princess, which was quarantined for almost four weeks near Yokohama, and the Grand Princess, which docked at Oakland, California.

Many new cases of the virus in Australia are being linked back to the arrival of three worldwide cruise ships into the country, with the Ruby Princess ship alone unleashing 100 cases so far. The quarantine lasted almost a month.

Of the 256 Canadians aboard the Diamond Princess, more than 40 tested positive for the virus and were taken to hospital in Japan.

In a study published by U.S. health officials, traces of the deadly infection were found on the deserted cabins more than two weeks after passengers evacuated the ship.

The CDC concluded: "Cruise ships are often settings for outbreaks of infectious diseases due to their closed environment, contact between travelers from many countries, and crew transfers between ships".

NTD refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party's coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

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