July 28, 2021
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- CDC says mask rules will apply to Florida cruise ships not following sail order
- Cruise Lines Will Follow CDC Guidance Regardless of Court Ruling
- Why does the delta variant spread so fast?
- Despite Florida's legal victory, Royal Caribbean will continue to follow CDC cruise ship recommendations
- Disney Cruise Line Will Set Sail Again in August
- Princess' Cruise Health
- Which Cruise Lines Require Passengers to Wear Masks?
- What cruising is like right now, according to 7 people who spent weeks at sea
- Efficacy of Portable Air Cleaners and Masking for Reducing Indoor Exposure to Simulated Exhaled SARS-CoV-2 Aerosols — United States, 2021
- Proposed Limits on Public Health Authority: Dangerous for Public Health
CDC says mask rules will apply to Florida cruise ships not following sail order
The CDC said it will not waive mask requirements in indoor spaces on cruise ships for those lines that are not voluntarily complying with its conditional sail order.
"CLIA ocean-going cruise line members resuming initial operations from Florida and all other U.S. ports will continue to operate in accordance with public health protocols that prioritize the health and safety of passengers, crew and the communities we visit. This aligns with the cruise industry's decades-long commitment to following the advice and guidance of scientists and public health experts."
The delta variant spreads much faster than other Covid-19 strains—and scientists may now know why.
People infected with the delta variant have more than 1,260 times the viral load—the concentration of viral particles in the body—than those with the original strain found in China, a group of scientists has reported in a preprint paper. A higher viral load can have many implications such as more severe disease. Its most significant contribution is to a virus’s higher transmissibility.
Despite Florida's legal victory, Royal Caribbean will continue to follow CDC cruise ship recommendations
A few hours after the news broke, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley posted on social media that his cruise line would not deviate from the CDC's regulations.
On board the ship, face coverings will be required in most indoor public areas, high-touch loose items like sofa pillows have been removed, and physical contact has been limited by use of the company's app, which can be used to pre-book experiences and chat with guest services.
Princess' CruiseHealth protocols and procedures have been designed to maximize the health and safety of our guests and crew while delivering a memorable vacation experience. Below are the measures currently planned for the vaccinated cruises sailing from the United States.
A good rule of thumb is that if you are on a ship that is less than 95 percent vaccinated, you will probably need to wear masks at some point. Even those who are on fully vaccinated ships with no masking requirements should still bring a few along, as local regulations might require them to be used onshore, during motorcoach transfers, or for air travel and in use in public spaces.
Which cruise lines and ships require mask usage? Read on.
Those who have spent time back on ships are fielding a lot of questions about what it’s like on board — what the mask rules are, the fate of buffets, and what they can and can’t do on land. Based on interviews with seven people who have each taken at least two cruises, here is what potential passengers can expect.
Efficacy of Portable Air Cleaners and Masking for Reducing Indoor Exposure to Simulated Exhaled SARS-CoV-2 Aerosols — United States, 2021
Portable HEPA air cleaners can reduce exposure to simulated SARS-CoV-2 aerosols in indoor environments, especially when combined with universal masking.
The report provides a brief history of public health authority and an overview of the forces seeking to limit public health authority. It offers examples of specific laws that would limit public health authority, and key arguments to counter proposed legislation.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this e-Newsletter
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