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

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

Suan Hassig, a professor in epidemiology with Tulane College Faculty of Public Well being and Tropical Drugs says she’s in no way stunned to listen to in regards to the a number of instances 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 feel the unlucky actuality although they required vaccinations for crew members and passengers. It’s actually obvious that vaccinated people can grow to be contaminated,” she stated.

She says we will’t depend on vaccines alone.

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

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

“Indoor areas significantly I feel we have to put on masks greater than we’re,” she stated.

She recommends that in the event you booked cruise ship journey throughout the holidays that you’ll want to be extra cautious.

“I feel they should make it possible for the cruise ship is verifying full vaccination and I might put on masks in indoor areas,” she stated.

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 actually get to us if we aren’t vigilant,” Hassig stated.

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