July 14, 2021
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Cruise Lines Change Ship Ventilation Systems as Part of Overall COVID Strategy
- An overview of the impact of COVID-19 on the cruise industry with considerations for Florida
- Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings releases Inaugural 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report
- As U.S. Cruises Resume, Operators Outfit Ships With Contact-Tracing Tech
- With COVID-Era Cruises Come a Sea of New Rules
- WHO director-general slams notion of Covid-19 vaccine booster doses given global health needs
- Curfews Return in Spain as Infections Soar in Young People
- Sweden to Ease Pandemic Curbs Despite Worries Over Mounting Delta Cases
- Fauci Says It Is "Inexplicable" Some Americans Aren't Getting Vaccinated Despite Data
- Australian ad showing Covid patient gasping for air sparks backlash as country battles Delta variant
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Photo: Ship Construction Ventilation Work | Global Public Health Services
Cruise Lines Change Ship Ventilation Systems as Part of Overall COVID Strategy
"We early on recognized that with the COVID-19 virus, there is not one single solution," Chris Prelog, chief operating officer for Windstar Cruises, told Cruise Critic in an interview. "It's a combined approach. You have to be on top of your game on all levels."
That solution is recognized by the European Union, which recently published its Healthy Gateways guidelines for cruises to resume within European waters.
As a consequence of the cruise industry’s importance, there are collective initiatives, such as the Healthy Sail Panel, the WHO’s guidance, and the CDC framework among others that examined every aspect of the cruise journey and recommended new patterns to increase protection for all people involved. These new protocols have been bringing hope for resuming the cruise industry, in addition to the COVID vaccine, which will also play an important role in this resuming.
“Despite the pandemic’s unprecedented headwinds, we have never wavered on our commitment to drive a positive impact on society and the environment through our global sustainability program, Sail & Sustain."
Ships will soon be returning to sea after more than a yearlong suspension. Cruise companies are using apps, wearable devices and AI as well as repurposing existing systems to keep passengers safe.
As cruise lines begin to set sail again this summer after a 15-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, would-be passengers will find a rapidly changing set of new travel policies and health protocols to navigate—including mandatory travel insurance requirements in some cases.
The director-general of the World Health Organization on Monday issued a stinging rebuke to Pfizer and other vaccine manufacturers focused on developing — and selling — Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to high-income countries, saying they should focus instead on providing vaccine to nations that have had little access to first doses.
Spanish regions are bringing back curfews as well as restrictions on socializing and nightlife to contain a sharp rise in coronavirus infections.
Some restrictions have already been loosened and the country is set to remove limits on the number of passengers on long-distance transport such as trains and the number of shoppers allowed in stores on July 15.
Nearly 68% of American adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Australian ad showing Covid patient gasping for air sparks backlash as country battles Delta variant
The ad, which began airing Sunday night in Sydney, "is quite graphic, and it's meant to be graphic," Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, said during a news conference Sunday. "We are only doing this because of the (Covid-19) situation."
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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