Covid and Cruising

It was nine days. But you are correct that I can’t know how many people are going to test positive within the next few days. It would actually be interesting if someone (NCL?) would follow-up on that. Though I’m sure they won’t.

I deliberately didn’t remove my mask when others did. I waited.

I’ll never know for sure where I got it, but if the incubation data is correct, it was more likely on the ship than the plane. I didn’t have any symptoms until day 6 when I felt the sore throat beginning. By day 8 it was painful to eat or drink anything.

I should also probably report my infection. I seem to recall there’s a website to do that. Supposed to help traceability, and CDC data. I’ll check for later after we verify if 1poorlady got it too.

1pg: I suspect I got it on the plane. Again, no one was masked except us. And it was roughly a week after the flight that I got symptoms.

You stretched my memory to the max. Actually to the failure point. One of my friends at Boeing worked on the 737 ventilation system. (We’re talking early '70’s here.) He could quote line and verse of the number of air changes in the cabin per minute. It was an impressive number. At any rate, an airliner is likely safer than your average restaurant. But if the guy in the next seat coughs or sneezes, it’s game on.


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It was a 737MAX. Not sure if they changed the refresh rate between then and the MAX. But, as was pointed out to me up-thread, the incubation period is shorter than I thought. So I probably got it on the ship. And then gave it to 1poorlady about 3 days later because her symptoms are about three days behind mine. My sore throat is almost gone. Hers is getting worse, and she has the body aches (where mine are gone now).


1pg: It was a 737MAX.

It’s been many years. The first 737 carried only about 90 passengers. It was rushed into service to try to catch up with McDonnell Douglas’s DC-9. At the time Boeing was simultaneously developing the 747, the SST, and the 737. I recall a doomsday article in the WSJ saying that Boeing missed the bus - the airbus, to compete with Lockheed’s and MacDac’s air busses. Boeing hasn’t made anything called an air bus yet. Where are McDonnell and Lockheed? Oh - they are gone from the commercial airplane market.

The original 737 was stubby, and actually kinda funny looking - short and fat. Boeing advertised that the 737 cabin was as wide as the 707 and 727, bigger than the DC-9.

MacDac was able to get daily DC-9 flights out of Boeing Field in Seattle. Must have been a good feeling for them to have daily commercial flights right across the street from their competition.

I worked as a structural engineer on the SST, but I was put on temporary loan to the 737 project when their wing failed its structural test.

The 737 was developed in Plant 2 - a relic from World War 2 days, when they produced B-17’s faster than the Germans could shoot them down.

Boeing is the US’s sole remaining producer of commercial aircraft, despite the efforts of management to ruin the company. (Turned it over to the accountants instead of engineers.) Lockheed still has a lot of military business.