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  1. Great analogy SinbadThePorter!
  2. Just an FYI to clear up any confusion. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus. COVID-19 is the disease.
  3. Dissipate is not the word I would use. Some droplets will accumulate on the face shield. Think bugs on a windshield. The face shield is a solid barrier that protects the entire face including the eyes. I've used one in my laboratory work. I've actually thought, for only a brief moment, about wearing one to the grocery store. Apparently I'm not the only one with that thought. I read a local news article last week where face shields were up for consideration to be recommended to the general public either in lieu of the face mask or in addition to. (An advantage is that you can read someone's expression or lip read when the wearer isn't masked.) Not sure that would go over too well with a lot of folks. Now whatever gave me that idea?🤔 Hope you are recovering well from your surgery!
  4. The PCR test is used to amplify the genome of the virus, which is RNA (not DNA) in the case of the coronavirus. The swab test I'm sure you've heard about where they put a long Q-tip up the person's nose or in their mouth to collect a specimen is an example of a PCR test. They're not studying you but rather testing for the presence of coronavirus.
  5. You could volunteer at your local medical center and see for yourself.
  6. Me too, Coral. Me too. My husband had a devastating stroke 3 years ago. Now that he is retired we were planning to do lots of cruising. Finally we're in a position to do that and we had 3 cruises planned this year, and now this. So tough. I feel we are in limbo just standing by. But I'm not letting it get me down. God willing next year will be better.
  7. The correct word is mask and my motive is to save lives and help people be well while educating others, especially other healthcare workers. It's definitely a challenge educating the general public. There is a lot of anxiety out there and some confusion and some people inherently don't trust scientists. That's too bad because I do what I do to help others, and COVID-19 is a public health issue which means that everyone's actions matter. Whether you choose to wear a mask or not. Whether you choose to observe social distancing guidelines or not. It's going to affect a lot of other people. So I think it comes down to asking yourself whether you trust doctors, nurses, scientists enough to follow the guidelines. I hope you are with us.
  8. I absolutely agree. Much as people want to wish it away or ignore that it exists, SARS-CoV-2 is not going anywhere anytime soon. So settle into social distancing, wear your face mask, stay safe, and try not to kill someone today.
  9. Mine have been updated too, including bookings made in 2019.
  10. Now that I think about it I did have a cruise booking where the hold didn't drop. In my case the FCC from my first cancelled cruise was automatically applied when I rebooked that one, which was fine. That's how I knew they were doing that. But with my second cancelled cruise, I rebooked it on a courtesy hold and was working with my PVP because I wanted to use my FCD. On the third day when it should have dropped I was in contact with her and we both noticed the hold had been taken off and it was booked with no deposit. We figured it was something she had inadvertently done while she was in my account. However over a month later, Princess still hasn't removed the cancelled cruise from my personalizer and the FCD is still applied to that booking, which apparently is not unusual these days. I don't believe I will get the FCD back. So currently that booking is there without a deposit, which my PVP told me is OK. I want the booking. Important to note though that in general holds are not dropping. I will have to keep that in mind if I decide to book something in the near future. One more thing to pay attention to. I think it is strange but at least you can rectify things with a call.
  11. 6. If I make a new booking on princess.com, how do I activate my FCC? Do I have to call into the Contact Center? Once your FCC has been built, the website automatically applies the FCCs available when you input your name and address. You don't even need to sign on. The website will pull these credits for all the eligible names provided during the booking process, including guests 2, 3, 4, and the balance summary will show the FCC as a line-item credit. If you do not want the FCC applied, you will need to call the Contact Center to have it removed. https://www.princess.com/plan/impacted-and-cancelled-cruises/
  12. Enhancing Health Requirements We will deny boarding to guests and crew if they: Have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or a person being monitored for COVID-19. Are suffering from a fever or flu-like symptoms prior to embarkation. If you meet any of these criteria, please contact Princess as soon as possible, definitely before you travel to the terminal for embarkation. If you’re unable to sail because of these restrictions, you’ll receive a full cruise credit. https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/keeping-you-safe-and-healthy/
  13. I know that Princess has stated on their website that they will automatically apply your FCC to another cruise. They tout it as a benefit as in you don't have to do anything to have it applied. But come on! They applied it to a cruise you had on hold that should have dropped. What?!
  14. My state recently reopened restaurants with restrictions, and I would expect that something similar would be carried out in the MDRs. So extrapolating from our guidelines, currently you must have a reservation to be seated in a restaurant in Delaware. Therefore, traditional dining only. Probably an extra seating. Tables need to be 6' apart. I've also heard of partitions being erected, like plexiglass between tables. You can only be seated with people in your family here, so maybe you can be seated with the folks you're traveling with. I think many of the large tables would need to be replaced with smaller tables. I've not been out to a restaurant yet, but you need to wear a mask until you're seated. Waitstaff must wear masks. We are only allowed to have 30% capacity according to the fire code rating, which might not be an issue in the MDR if ships are sailing at 60% capacity or less. Might even be factored into the decision of how many can sail. Single use menus. No napkins or anything can be placed on the table before people are seated. That's my guess.
  15. My specialty is clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. I spent a good portion of my career in virology, and I'm waiting to see what happens also.
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