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    Celebrity and Royal Caribbean
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  1. Your logic is good here. But logic will not prevail in the US. It never does. It will be just as difficult as mask compliance or even more so to get people vaccinated. The states and federal government agencies will highly recommend but not mandate. The only vaccine mandates to date have been for kids attending public schools. That might happen. I doubt that airlines would mandate vaccination at least for domestic flights. Perhaps they might need to have mandates on international flights for countries requiring them. It is possible that countries like Canada might mandate vaccination for border crossings. But I really do not see mandates for border crossing between states - and how would that even be monitored and enforced? I do believe that at least cruise ships as private entities will require vaccination for boarding.
  2. So what if there was an effective SARS-CoV-2 anti-viral drug that could be easily administered on ship? Even without a vaccine I think this might be acceptable for cruising to happen again. Any thoughts? We focus on a vaccine which at best will be taken by a portion of the population and unfortunately even within the vaccinated population there might be some breakthrough cases. I would love to have both options. But I am thinking that a quick and effective oral anti-viral would be the true game changer.
  3. Here is the original journal article. A bit hard to find. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2020.01800/full
  4. There were 6 strains identified of SARS-CoV-2 by a major genomic sequencing study. The good news for a vaccine is that the virus does not diverge very much. Over 48,000 viral genomes analyzed from all over the world. Published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology by scientists from the University of Bologna. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/udb-tss080320.php https://www.theweek.in/news/health/2020/08/04/Strains-of-the-novel-coronavirus-show-little-variability.html
  5. Next time I cruise...............I plan to pinch myself and see if I'm dreaming.😀
  6. Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) announced: The health and safety of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit is our top priority. As we work with the CDC and others toward this shared goal, Royal Caribbean Group will be extending the suspension of sailings to include those departing on or before October 31, 2020, excluding sailings from China and Australia. We will be reaching out to our guests and travel partners to share further details and address any questions or concerns they may have.
  7. Are you basing this on the number of positive tests reported in those countries currently? Or do we think that the virus in most populations with random testing (like Iceland) is at about 0.8%-1% with about 40-50% of those being asymptomatic? If this is the true number, then perhaps 1 in 100 passengers or crew will test positive at some point. In fact that is what is starting to happen on the few ships that have resumed sailing to date. If a single positive test on a cruise is enough to quarantine a ship or send it to port, that will happen about 100% of the time. So I think a more reasonable standard needs to be put in place and agreed to by cruise lines, countries and ports. Even with a vaccine.
  8. As long as everybody believes that the "cruise or no cruise standard" on ships translates back to a single positive test result on board, even if asympomatic, and quarantine of the ship is the result, then there will be no cruising. The virus is in every population at a minimum of 1% according to random population studies. Most ships resuming cruising will report at least one or more positive tests. This is inevitable. Even with an eventual vaccine the virus will be around for years. The world is still focused on the all-or-none pandemic standard of positive tests. This discussion needs to be moved forward at some point soon into what might be a more reasonable standard to live with and cruise with.
  9. The first phase 1 clinical results from a more traditional vaccine technology (purified SPIKE protein in adjuvant) were just released and are said to be encouraging. This tried and true vaccine approach if successful might be the easiest to get approved across multiple groups and will likely have no unexpected side effects except injection site soreness. We shall see! https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/04/health/novavax-phase-1-vaccine/index.html
  10. Thanks for posting this. I have been following the T-Cell data but had not seen this. As far as communications, it has to be at a very high level and very simple for most of the population. Not a criticism here, but many many people do not even understand the basics of science and medicine - but of course believe what the lay press throws at them as absolute truth. This is the case for most of my family and friends too. So a lot of people know perhaps white blood cells and red blood cells but have no idea what they actually do. Forget T-Cells (and subtypes) and B-Cells and helper responses and cytokines. Forget explaining the details of vaccines and how they work (or not). So we need very simple communication materials for pretty much a science-uneducated population. That is the challenge.
  11. If the Russian vaccine is not tested and approved in other parts of the world then it is entirely possible that countries outside of Russia will not accept the results. And not allow Russians to enter and travel. But I hope for the sake of the great people in Russia that their vaccine efforts are successful.
  12. Ok be well! Yes acyclovir was put into use as an anti-viral back in the 1980's against Herpes viruses. There are several types and everybody knows about the STD type. And a type that causes cold sores. But the virus that causes Chickenpox that later in life manifests as Shingles is also a Herpes virus.
  13. It is quite possible that this could happen with every cruise. Easy to have one case slip through the cracks.
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