COVID-19 may have shut down the Miami cruise industry as it did much of the world in 2020, but sailings have returned to South Florida and demand remains sky high. NBC affiliate WPTV News Channel 5 recently reported that bookings are surging as vacationers feel comfortable embarking on cruises with mask mandates and sanitation measures in place.
However, while these policies may be effective in preventing the spread of COVID, there are numerous sources of outbreaks that remain problematic. The fact is that passengers are coming from diverse regions throughout the world, and then embarking upon a ship that includes many enclosed areas where crowds congregate. Any outbreak that develops can be sustained by crew members that remain on the vessel.
As a result, travelers must remain vigilant about all ailments that tend to stem from cruise vacations. The cruise companies are still responsible for maintaining a safe environment and protecting passengers. You should consult with a Miami cruise ship injuries lawyer right away if you or a member of your group contracted any of the following:
Norovirus and Gastrointestinal Disorders: Norovirus can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe abdominal pain, which is why it is familiarly known as the stomach flu. This ailment is extremely contagious, with the ability to spread easily through physical contact with an infected person or tainted object.
Food Poisoning: Cruise vacations are well-known for their buffet stations, many of which serve 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, bacteria and other microorganisms thrive in such a warm, moist environment, often leading to food poisoning. Even the quick serve, refreshment kiosks, and fine dining restaurants can run into contamination problems when an ill crew member is involved with food preparation.
Legionnaires Disease: Though it can be eliminated by extremely hot water, the Legionella bacterium flourishes in temperate and warm water – like that which fills the pools, hot tubs, and other water attractions onboard a cruise ship. In addition, the bacteria may also be present in heating, AC, and plumbing systems, which enables it to spread throughout the ship without direct contact. The effects of Legionnaires Disease are similar to pneumonia and can even be life-threatening.
Hepatitis A: The virus behind this medical condition is easily transmitted through tainted food and water, and the symptoms include fatigue, nausea, fever, and other flu-like issues. Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver, causing inflammation and affecting function. A mild case might resolve on its own, but hepatitis A can also lead to severe illness and long-term liver damage.
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At Gerson & Schwartz, PA, one of our core practice areas is cruise ship accidents and injuries. We are prepared to pursue your legal remedies and recover the compensation you deserve for your losses. Time is of the essence to take action with cruise ship injury claims, so please contact our offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL right away. We can schedule a free consultation to discuss strategies.