NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The Norwegian cruise ship that docked in New Orleans on Sunday had a minimum of 17 passengers and crew who examined optimistic for COVID-19.

The Louisiana Division of Well being mentioned a type of crew members most likely had the Omicron variant however didn’t depart the ship.

Suan Hassig, a professor in epidemiology with Tulane College College of Public Well being and Tropical Drugs says she’s in no way shocked to listen to in regards to the a number of circumstances of COVID on-board the Norwegian “Breakaway” cruise ship, regardless of a vaccine requirement.

“It’s lots of people in an itty bitty area. Hallways are slender. Cabins are small. I believe the unlucky actuality regardless that they required vaccinations for crew members and passengers. It’s actually obvious that vaccinated people can turn into contaminated,” she mentioned.

She says we will’t depend on vaccines alone.

“The vaccine is just like the airbag in your automobile, however you continue to put in your seat belt. I see the vaccine as an airbag and the seatbelt as a masks,” Hassig mentioned.

Hassig went on to say that indoor areas create extra hazard for the virus to unfold.

“Indoor areas notably I believe we have to put on masks greater than we’re,” she mentioned.

She recommends that in case you booked cruise ship journey in the course of the holidays that it is advisable to be extra cautious.

“I believe they should be sure that the cruise ship is verifying full vaccination and I’d put on masks in indoor areas,” she mentioned.

And whether or not you’re cruising on a ship or not, Hassig nonetheless feels we will’t cease defending ourselves and others.

“Wherever it’s, this virus has confirmed that it could get to us if we’re not vigilant,” Hassig mentioned.