Are you counting down the days to your next cruise? Don’t forget to pack some disinfecting products. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1,386 passengers suffered from an illness outbreak on just 11 cruises in 2017. Sickness can spread like wildfire on ships. You are sharing a space with up to thousands of people – living together, eating together, and breathing the same air together. A cruise is something to look forward to and remember for years to come, so don’t let germs get in the way of your ability to relax and recharge. Reading about virus outbreaks on ships can be daunting, but luckily there are ways to protect yourself from germs on cruise ships.
Germs on Cruise Ships
Ways to Avoid Germs
The best way to avoid becoming a statistic is to take preventative steps to avoid germs while traveling. When you first arrive in your cruise cabin, unpack your belongings and then treat your cabin with a disinfectant germ fogger. With just a push of a button, you can kill 99 percent of the germs responsible for colds, flu, staph, MRSA, and many other illnesses. Don’t worry – this is not a time-consuming, all-day treatment. In fact, it only takes an hour! So while the germ fogger works its magic, you could grab lunch or some sun at the pool. You could even book a massage, chill in a hot tub, or enjoy a drink on deck while admiring the view. You don’t have to put your vacation on hold to thoroughly disinfect your cabin.
Unfortunately, you can only control how clean you keep your own space. One of the best ways to combat any germs you pick up from common area doorknobs, sink faucets, buffet tongs, and stairway handrails is to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer around. Always use hand sanitizer after you’ve washed your hands in a public restroom and right before you eat. In general, try to avoid touching your face. Finally, always sanitize your hands with soap and water before you apply your makeup or contacts. Since you might be applying hand sanitizer more often than usual on a cruise, choose a product that is alcohol-free to prevent dry hands.
Make sure to get vaccinated before setting sail. Stay up-to-date on routine vaccines, such as measles, varicella, and seasonal flu. Since many cruises stop in foreign countries, take some time to look up each destination and get the vaccinations recommended by the CDC for those particular areas. Make sure to discuss the cruise itinerary with your doctor, because if you aren’t in a certain country for very long, some vaccines might not be necessary. In addition, your cruise line might have requirements for which vaccinations you’ll need.
What to Do If You Get Sick
If you get sick on a cruise, notify the cruise staff immediately. Continue to practice good hygiene, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze, and use hand sanitizer. It is your responsibility to help keep the illness from spreading. Luckily, most cruise ships have doctors and nurses on board, and some larger ships even have robust caring facilities and pharmacies. Keep in mind that these services usually aren’t free, so make sure to add some extra money to your cruise budget for a worst-case-scenario situation. Before leaving for your trip, check with your health insurance company to see if your policy will cover medical care you might need during your time away in another country or on a ship. If there is a gap in your coverage, you can purchase travel health insurance.
While sunblock, a swimsuit, and a toothbrush are all important things to pack for your vacation, don’t forget to add disinfecting products to your list. To avoid germs on cruise ships, purchase the SafeSpace Germ Fighter Kit. You’ll get everything you need to stay healthy on your next trip: hand sanitizers, disinfecting and deodorizing mists for your rental car, and disinfectant foggers for your hotel room. Plus, the alcohol-free hand sanitizer is available in a travel-friendly size.
The SafeSpace Company is a family-owned small business proudly selling American-made germ foggers, auto disinfecting and deodorizing mists, and alcohol-free hand sanitizers to keep your family safe and healthy. For more information, contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-800-735-2506.
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