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  1. I believe Yacht Club passengers get one tour/port included - others just get 1 tour period.
  2. Not true. What is true is that cruise lines made it appear to pax that they needed to take a ship tour. They did this through deceptive wording of their instructions for the port call. The truth was that you could take self-guided or private tours and still meet the US requirements for travel to Cuba. My personal experience was an Azamara cruise that had an overnight in Cuba. There were no restrictions when leaving the ship (ship tour or not). We did private tours. That said, there were many pax who thought they had to book ship tours who were surprised/disappointed to learn after-the-fact from others that this was not the case.
  3. Oh, that explains it then. The study I linked to dealt exclusively with "facemask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech". In other words, it studied the efficacy of various face masks in protecting others from the wearer. It did not address protecting the wearer. It was the basis of my claim that valved N95 masks offer about the same protection to others as the common cotton masks many people wear.
  4. If you've read the studies and came away with the understanding that cloth masks perform as well as N95 masks for protecting the wearer, so be it. I came away with a very different understanding. If you came away with an understanding that valved and unvalved N95 masks differ in their protection of the wearer, again so be it. I came away with a very different understanding. I guess all that really matters is that we both feel protected from those who don't wear masks, wear them below their noses or wear ineffective fleece masks. The key is to protect yourself and not be dependent on others to protect you.
  5. I'm guessing you didn't read the study I posted earlier that showed a valved N95 mask offered similar protection to others as a common cloth mask? I don't know how you can call protecting the most vulnerable while maintaining equivalent protection to others "irresponsible", but to each their own. If you want to call out irresponsible mask wearers I'd suggest you target those wearing the fleece neck gaiters. They actually make the person wearing them MORE dangerous to others than wearing no mask at all - and yet you see many people wearing them. Here are the links to the article and the referenced study. Interesting reading. https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/08/us/duke-university-face-mask-test-trnd/index.html https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/08/07/sciadv.abd3083
  6. Since the only reason to keep track of how many cruises you've taken is to satisfy personal curiosity, it's seems to me it's totally up to you to use whatever rules you chose. I mean, whey someone says "this is my 19th cruise" I've never heard someone else reply "oh yeah, what is your accounting method?".
  7. Look, you either take our current approach which is to place the most vulnerable at the mercy of others being responsible and wearing masks or You provide the vulnerable with the means to protect themselves (i.e. effective masks) I think the later makes more sense and offers far better protection to the vulnerable. True, fit is important for N95 masks. Seems to me there is a simple solution. Why can't pharmacists be trained to assist the vulnerable with fit and advice? After all, many of us will go to our pharmacists to get vaccinated once a vaccine is available. Seems logical for them to perform this function as well. As for breathing restriction with N95 masks - there are N95 masks available with valves that make breathing much less restrictive. They are just as effective in protecting the wearer, but they do permit more droplets to be released when exhaling/talking. As shown in the study I posted earlier, N95 masks with valves still offer about the same protection to others as the cloth masks most people are wearing.
  8. I agree. Those of us in the high risk category should wear a mask to protect ourselves - and this means a high quality (e.g. N95) mask. I think the government is really missing the boat in not having a program to provide N95 masks to the most vulnerable.
  9. Here's a surprising finding about those fleece gaiter masks I see so many people wearing..... Neck fleeces, also called gaiter masks and often used by runners, were the least effective. In fact, wearing a fleece mask resulted in a higher number of respiratory droplets because the material seemed to break down larger droplets into smaller particles that are more easily carried away with air. In other words.... wearing a gaiter mask actually makes you more dangerous to others than wearing no mask at all. Given how many people wear theses, plus all of those people I see with their masks pulled down below their noses, I'd say if masks are required somewhere - it's not really safe to be there. source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/08/us/duke-university-face-mask-test-trnd/index.html
  10. I just hope it turns out to be a list the cruise industry can accomplish in the next year or so. Probably looking at 2022.
  11. THANK YOU!!! I learned more about the current state of testing and treatment in the last hour than everything I've read in the media combined. I've saved the vaccination section for the morning. I didn't know the public had access to this type of "insider information". It's good to know it's out there, but unfortunate that it's so hard to find. Any future referrals to similar presentations would be much appreciated. Thanks again.
  12. There was a recently published study that looked at wait times for COVID test results. It found that for the nasal swab test, 59% received results in 3 days or less. The study breaks out the median wait time for each State. As it currently stands, travel to HI is not possible for many. https://covidstates.net/COVID19 CONSORTIUM REPORT 8 TEST JULY 2020.pdf
  13. Didn't I read that in order to achieve herd immunity a vaccine would have to be 70% effective and administered to 70% of the population?
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