Passengers gather on decks of the Westerdam cruise ship before disembarking on February 14, 2020, in Cambodia. Photo: Xinhua
Passengers gather on decks of the Westerdam cruise ship before disembarking on February 14, 2020, in Cambodia. Photo: Xinhua

‘Worse than an aeroplane’: how being confined to a cruise ship fuelled the coronavirus spread

  • With thousands of people confined to a space with limited airflow, cruise ships are an ‘enabling environment’ for the spread of infectious diseases
  • The air circulation on a cruise ship is worse than on a plane, where the risk of transmission falls the farther you sit from an infected person

Passengers gather on decks of the Westerdam cruise ship before disembarking on February 14, 2020, in Cambodia. Photo: Xinhua
Passengers gather on decks of the Westerdam cruise ship before disembarking on February 14, 2020, in Cambodia. Photo: Xinhua
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