Coronavirus Prevention Reconmendations From the Center for Disease Control


Coronavirus Prevention for Cruise Ship Passengers.provided for the center for disease control
Coronavirus Prevention for Cruise Ship Passengers.
 
Most people are concerned about traveling and the corona virus. The Center for Disease Control has released the following information to help reduce your chances of contracting the Coronavirus, Norovirus and the flu.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV.
    • Facemask should be used by people who show symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

As a side note: I hope that cruise lines now have crew dispensing food on the buffet lines and not have the spoons and serving utensils touched by all cruise passengers. One recommendation would be to consider eating at the ship's restaurant or other eating establishments where the crew prepares the food and places it directly on your plate. There is always the risk you may contract something, but having limited people in contact with your food and associated utensils, can reduce your chances of contracting a virus.

SOURCE: Center For Disease Control


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