REPORT: CDC issues alarming report revealing how long coronavirus survived on cruise ship
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the coronavirus survived more than two weeks on surfaces in a cruise ship after passengers left.
A report issued Monday said novel coronavirus RNA, the genetic substance of the virus, was present on the Grand Princess cruise ship docked in California, indicating the virus’s lifespan is longer than previously estimated.
The article goes on to state the following:
“SARS-CoV-2 RNA was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted,” the CDC report said. “Although these data cannot be used to determine whether transmission occurred from contaminated surfaces, further study of fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2 aboard cruise ships is warranted.”
Read the report summary below, and the full report HERE:
What is already known about this topic?
Cruise ships are often settings for outbreaks of infectious diseases because of their closed environment and contact between travelers from many countries.
What is added by this report?
More than 800 cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases occurred during outbreaks on three cruise ship voyages, and cases linked to several additional cruises have been reported across the United States. Transmission occurred across multiple voyages from ship to ship by crew members; both crew members and passengers were affected; 10 deaths associated with cruise ships have been reported to date.
What are the implications for public health practice?
Outbreaks of COVID-19 on cruise ships pose a risk for rapid spread of disease beyond the voyage. Aggressive efforts are required to contain spread. All persons should defer all cruise travel worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Turns out Trump’s “15 days to slow the spread” order was about 2 days too short.
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