NOT SO SMOOTH SAILING
And I thought I was sick!
That was before I came across a news story about the Carnival cruise ship carrying 700 passengers who were stricken with the highly contagious norovirus.
The virus causes vomiting and diarrhea for up to 60 hours, and its victims can continue to be contagious for up to three weeks AFTER they recover.
Noroviruses easily spread in settings where food is served to large numbers of people, and good personal hygiene, such as thorough hand-washing, is not practiced. Cruise ships, child-care center and long-term health care facilities are particularly vulnerable to it.
Fourteen of the ship's guests and five crew members remain ill and in isolation.
I bet they have some vacation photos!
Because the virus is spread by touching doorknobs and other surfaces, I'm thinking that, along with the surgical face mask I was considering, rubber gloves might become a part of my daily attire.