It's over the top when a company like NBC/Universal publishes such hypocritical statements. NBC/Universal must have loved where she starts her rant using a DCL commercial. My opinion.I don't think this is "over the top media reaction" - I think it's a case of a microbiologist/epidemiologist who takes her knowledge seriously and applies it consistently to her life. Well, somewhat. I mean I would argue that there are a crapload of germs in that movie theatre she took her 5yo too, but I take her point that being 'trapped' on a cruise ship has other significant. So too a long haul flight. Or a train ride. She chooses not to take the risk, but notably says she will take risks in other ways - good for her, to each their own.
This is silly. Your child is less likely to catch something on a cruise than at school. Take it from an elementary school teacher- I know from experience.
My husband is a microbiologist. His response-better get her a bubble to live in!
I found the measles reference funny because the ship that had the measles outbreak/quarantine was a Scientology ship and not a regular cruise ship. But you can't really say that as long as her child is vaccinated against measles, there's nothing for her to worry about. No vaccine is 100% effective and herd immunity is important to ensure the disease stays at bay. That's why parents refusing to vaccinate their kids is a problem for parents that do vaccinate.I'm confused by her measles reference. I hope to goodness her child is vaccinated against measles. If so, she has nothing to worry about. If not, she is a lousy microbiologist! I also think it is unfair for her to say she would never go on a Disney cruise she saw a commercial for because of a Carnival cruise inspection report. Disney always gets the highest marks for cleanliness, so she is comparing apples to oranges.
My DH did get noro on our first Disney cruise, but that is totally on him: I washed and sanitized my kids hands everywhere but he refused to on the grounds that I was "paranoid." The "I told you sos" were very unsatisfying though because it meant I had to watch the kids solo pretty much the whole cruise while he was quarantined, and scrub down the cabin each time I brought the kids back. I absolutely do agree with the article writer that you need to be mindful of noro on cruises (just like any other vacation), but good handwashing practices are worth their weight in gold.