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Coronavirus - are cruise ships easy targets for the Press

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We've seen banner headlines in the press featuring ships which have been quarantined and were virus cases have been confirmed. No problems here, any news that highlights a possible pandemic outbreak and leads to rigorous health and safety checks by the Authorities is good news.

 

However, it's what's missing from the News that suggests media censorship of vital information, by the same Gov Departments. For example, a CNN report on the 80 yr old HK resident at the centre of the Diamond Princess outbreak gives the following timeline :-

 

10th January, visited mainland China for a couple of hours (where I assume he contracted virus).

17th January, flew to Tokyo.

20th Jan, flew to Yokohama and boarded ship.

25th Jan, left ship at HK and did not return.

 

That's at least 2 flights ?? If the Press and Authorities are anxious to contain the virus, why haven't they announced the Flight Numbers and dates, to get passenger contacts? Do they believe it will cause concern and fear among the traveling public? Seems unlikely when you see the tabloid newspaper The Sun's Headline "Plague Ship" (Smeralda quarantine), must have been quite distressing for friends and family.

 

I know it's impossible to isolate an aircraft, 10 days and 10 flights after contamination but has anyone heard of steps being made to analise flights data to contact possible carriers? Regards Paul

 

 

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Yes, cruise ships are easy targets.

It appears the horse had bolted on this one, media just like to have a scary story to fearmonger and such.

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Cruise ships are not targets BUT any ship or large building with air circulating throughout lends itself to spreading any air borne virus. Quarantine in a ship, maybe especially in inside cabins just has to be a breeding ground.

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On 3/5/2020 at 10:39 AM, Cee_Jay said:

Cruise ships are not targets BUT any ship or large building with air circulating throughout lends itself to spreading any air borne virus. Quarantine in a ship, maybe especially in inside cabins just has to be a breeding ground.

 

According to CNN earlier today, there are 108,000 people tested positive thus far. Modern mass transport and close contact is the likely culprit.

 

The news media needs pictures and a cruise liner fits the bill. If you're sitting next to a virus victim on a plane for 6 hours, you're likely to catch it. Aircraft are by far the largest carriers but news reporters desperately need planes to get to the "infected" ship ........OK so the virus takes 10 days to incubate, so trying to trace the aircrew/passengers of an old flight, is beyond the skills of investigative journalists, hence my original claim that cruise ships are easy targets for the press.

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Is the CDC dealing with both the Cruise Industry and the Airline Industry with the same even hand ? The airlines refuse to give track and trace info to the CDC on "cost grounds".

They already have this on their booking system, so where's the cost in pressing the 'Forward Button' or do they mean legal costs/litigation if (perish the thought) an alleged CV-19 carrier be tracked and traced to a particular flight? This NY Times article throws some light :-

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/business/coronavirus-airlines-contact-tracing-cdc.html

 

 

 

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