You might just want to re-think that.
Because you know it’s a virus, don’t you?
Like a common cold – and just as easy to catch. Just as common too.
You even catch it the same way. No, not by breathing – by contact.
Spread by touch
Not necessarily from someone who’s got it either. But by touching anything with germs on it that might give it to you.
Like door handles, hand rails, ATM keypads, mobiles, vending machines, PDQ card machines, access panels, serving tongs, self-service coffee flasks, turnstiles, keys, light switches, pens, shopping baskets, clothing racks, jewellery trays, salt & pepper shakers, menus, table mats, audio guides, poker chips, playing cards, billiard cues, bowling balls… you get the picture.
All fomites – the things we touch, that other people touch, that transmit germs. And our faces too – like 3,000 times a day.
Uh, huh. So it’s on your hands, right?
And when did you last wash your hands before getting on the boat?
So that you washed off whatever might have contaminated you before you touched your eyes, your nose or your mouth – the usual way that germs enter your body.
Or after using the loo?
Because 62% of men and 40% of women NEVER wash their hands after going to the toilet.
Is that you?
And even if you did, 95% of people don’t wash their hands properly.
Is that you too?
How about that only 12% of people wash their hands before eating?
If you can honestly say that you washed you hands after touching all of these things – and after going to the loo – as well as before you ate anything – you might just have a case.
But we don’t just mean before you boarded the ship. We mean EVER.
Because norovirus takes anywhere from 12 to 48 hours to show itself.
So unless you can guarantee that you washed your hands before you ate anything, or touched your face for the two days before you got on the boat – AND kept them washed while you were on board – AND made sure they were washed during your shore excursions – you’re telling porkies.
Who’s really to blame
Sure it’s not nice when the cruise you paid all that money for is cut short with norovirus. But that’s not necessarily the cruise line’s fault – in fact it seldom is.
You got it, most cases of norovirus are caused by the victims themselves. That’s why we call it the Don’t-Wash-Hands Disease – and if anyone should take blame, it’s the person in the mirror.
We’re all too slap-happy, aren’t we? All too used to this casual lifestyle that allows us to get away with pretty well anything – including liberties with our health.
We could avoid the common cold too, if we washed our hands more often. OK, we could get sneezed at, but that’s not how most of us catch it. So we pay for our dirty hands with germy misery.
Lengthening the odds
Which means if you’re suing the cruise line, that it’s not just you that has to take precautions against norovirus. It’s your 1,350 fellow passengers as well – double that, if you’re on one of the big jobs.
1,350 people who can genuinely promise that they washed their hands carefully at the right times for the two days before embarking – and the whole duration that you were on the water.
You’re all together, see? Literally in the same boat – lots and lots of you sharing the same enclosed space, almost on top of each other – in close contact for weeks, or even months. A travelling hygiene hotspot if ever there was one.
Which makes it amazing that cruise lines are so successful at keeping illnesses away as much as they do. Out of hundreds of cruises every year, carrying upwards of 20 million passengers, only a handful run into norovirus or other illnesses – less than 1%.
Meanwhile, back here in UK, we’re still waiting for the sun to shine.
You still sure you want to sue those guys?
Originally posted 2015-06-19 11:34:26.