You're Going on a Cruise: Here Are 5 Illnesses You Can Get Besides COVID-19

By Dr. Jane Smith

Cruise ships are a great way to see the world and have some fun, but they can also be a breeding ground for illness.

This is because cruise ships are enclosed environments with large numbers of people in close contact with each other. This creates the perfect conditions for viruses and bacteria to spread.

Here are five illnesses that you can get on a cruise ship besides COVID-19:

1. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. It is the most common cause of gastroenteritis on cruise ships.

2. Influenza is a respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches.

3. Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial infection that can cause pneumonia. It is often associated with contaminated water sources, such as hot tubs and showers.

4. Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause fever, rash, and cough.

5. Mumps is a viral infection that causes swelling of the salivary glands.

Here are some tips on how to avoid getting sick on a cruise ship:

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

• Avoid touching your face.

• Get vaccinated against influenza and measles.

• Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

• Eat healthy foods and get enough sleep.

• If you do get sick, stay in your cabin and contact the ship's medical staff.

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