Nothing drives home the “communicable” part of communicable diseases like traveling with hundreds of strangers in a confined space. All it takes is one person to walk onto your airplane looking like a “before” shot in a NyQuil advert to make you wish you could deplane immediately.
Most cruise veterans know if you confine thousands of people to a ship for a few days, you’ll find an illness can spread like wildfire. Just this week, more than 350 passengers and crew on board the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship fell victim to a bout of upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea. They are responding to medical treatment, and the cruise line is conducting “enhanced cleaning” to prevent the illness from spreading further. At this point, officials do not know what sparked the outbreak.
I have never knowingly traveled while I was ill. I have had the good fortune to avoid nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy-head, fever, need-more-rest symptoms before or