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Old January 29th, 2007, 01:49 PM
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Default What steps do you take to avoid Norovirus?

We've all heard the story of 300 people coming down w/the extremely unpleasant Norovirus on the QE2....what steps do you take to try to avoid it? Some steps we decided to take are:

Using our own bathroom in our cabin as much as possible.
Using our hand sanitizer on a regular basis.
Letting the staff serve us at the buffet, letting them handle the serving spoons and forks...

...and hmmm, how long do you think it will take to change the custom of shaking hands when meeting someone? Seems it would be rather rude to whip out the sanitizer after shaking hands! I think we should take Howie Mandel's habit of bumping knuckles instead! haha

Any other thoughts?? We're going on a 14 day cruise this September to Alaska and want to enjoy it as much as possible!
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Old January 29th, 2007, 04:06 PM
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All I can say is wash your hands.......LOTS........My hubby has no immune system & we have to be careful.......since we've been washing hands he hasn't gotten sick at all on any cruise......he almost always got sick either on the plane or on the ship........we put the hand sanitizer on the table & use it lots.......people don't seem to mind you using it...at least that's what we've encountered......

Just enjoy & don't touch your face after touching doors, handrails etc.....

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Old January 29th, 2007, 04:20 PM
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We avoid any ship that has a current outbreak.

Don't laugh. It's worked so far!

Seriously, nothing much. Wash hands, be normal.
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I've quit licking handrails!
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Old January 29th, 2007, 04:25 PM
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I've quit licking handrails!
Me to! It was a tough habit to kick but I licked it!

The best defense is a good offense! wash hands don't touch anything you don't have to. eat food that is cooked avoid the salad.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 04:25 PM
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Both of the ships we just cruised on (Century and Liberty) had hand santitizers at all eating places.

I washed my hands more often, too. So far as I know, there were no viral outbreaks on either ship.

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Old January 29th, 2007, 04:57 PM
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I too wash my hands lots more often than it seems necessary, and keep my hands away from my face. Use common sense and think about what you touch, and what you don't have to touch.
Don't lick handrails, and quit pushing the elevator buttons with my tongue. Other than that, I do everything I ever did on a cruise.

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I do all the same stuff, wash my hands often, try not to touch handrails, etc. and then you come upon the little old lady in the buffet line who is feeding herself using her fingers off of her plate while the line moves along and then using serving utensils.....ugh.....
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I wash my hands, a lot!! I have a small alcohol-based hand cleaner. If I shake someone's hand, I will keep my hand away from my face and use the other to rub or scratch until I can clean up. If I have to pull a door to open it, I use my pinkie and just the first knuckle of it. On hand rails, I place my forearm on the rail for balance. Clean, clean and then.... clean some more.
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eat food that is cooked avoid the salad.
Avoid the salad always good advice. I try to never eat salad. Instead eat the ham, eggs, hash browns, omelet, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, french fries and apple pie for dessert. Hey is it lunch time yet?
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We have it in our school now. I was the school nurse today, and got the call from the experts. I don't know what is worse, adults with it, or kids. Both are very unhappy humans. I wore rubber gloves until my hands couldn't handle any more of the latex, and now they are raw from all that washing. Think it is bad on a ship, try holding a child who's mother won't pick him up, until she completes her shopping.

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I find that lots and lots of alcohol kills germs lol! Just kidding! It would take me longer to recover from the hangover, than from norovirus tee hee!
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That's sterilization from the inside out.
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I agree, the key ingredient to a effective immune system is lot's of tequila!
I will try that on my first cruise!

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