I returned from a 7 day cruise from NY to Bermuda on Sunday, August 7th. The rules were that passengers had to be fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative Covid test 2 days prior to sailing. I figured that I was safer on a cruise ship than in my home town. I guess I was wrong. I felt what I thought were allergy symptoms this week, and they were getting worse. That made sense since pollen levels are rising. But the symptoms got annoying enough that I tested myself this morning, and found that I’m positive for Covid.
In a way, I felt kind of stupid. I should have remembered that vaccinations (I’ve had 4) do not offer good protection against developing Covid, although they probably decrease the probability of serious
My doctor says, “You’ll be fine,” but he put me on Paxlovid. He asked, “Were you surprised that you got Covid after being in a cruise?” I guess I was.
According to data in today’s NY Times, Covid cases have decreased 17% nationally in the past 14 days.
Of course, with all of the in-home testing and the fact that nobody has to report a positive result, the numbers could be much worse.
Hospitalizations in the state where I live (NY) are 15 per 100K, which is a little above the national average (13/100k). NY has one of the highest rates on vaccination (78% vs national average of 67%)
Here’s my point. Covid is still very much with us, and cruising is probably too risky. Is anyone keeping tabs of how many people test positive in the weeks following a cruise?
If I had it to do over, I probably would not have cruised, and yet we’ve dealing with the dilemma of
not being able to live our lives.