If you have recently traveled on a cruise ship, you may have come into contact with other passengers and crew members who had coronavirus. Knowing the symptoms of coronavirus is important, so you can get a test and medical attention immediately, if needed.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the most common symptoms of a coronavirus infection include:
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Unexplained loss of taste or smell
Some of these symptoms can occur with other diseases. However, if you suspect you may have the virus and are experiencing several of these symptoms, you could get a coronavirus test to be sure. Also, bear in mind that it is possible to have COVID-19 and not show any symptoms, or only very mild symptoms.
Coronavirus Symptoms Can Take Up to Two Weeks to Develop After Exposure
After an initial infection with COVID-19, whether by exposure to an infected person or a contaminated surface, symptoms of coronavirus can show up as quickly as two days later or take up to two weeks to develop in some individuals.
A study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health estimates the median disease incubation time for coronavirus is about 5.1 days. Only a small number of infected persons developed symptoms after 14 days. Researchers estimated that for every 10,000 individuals quarantined for 14 days, only about 101 develop symptoms of COVID-19 after the quarantine period.
If you have recently been on a cruise ship and developed coronavirus up to two weeks later, it is possible that you may have been infected with the COVID virus on your cruise ship vacation.
When to Seek Medical Attention for Signs of COVID-19
Coronavirus can start off as a mild infection but has the potential to worsen considerably after a few days, when the infection can attack the lungs and potentially other organs. According to the Mayo Clinic, some people may experience a worsening of symptoms after about a week, including shortness of breath and pneumonia. If you are feeling much worse after a few days, you may need immediate medical attention.
Some of the symptoms and signs of coronavirus requiring emergency care can include worsening shortness of breath, chest pains, confusion, blue lips and face, and other signs of worsening general health. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these concerning symptoms, contact a doctor immediately or visit a local health care center.
Risk Factors for Developing Coronavirus Disease
If you are over 65 years of age or have any preexisting conditions, you may be at a higher risk for developing a severe coronavirus infection requiring medical intervention or hospitalization. Some of these risk factors include:
- Heart conditions
- Lung disease
These are just some of the preexisting health conditions that can result in a more severe COVID-19 infection in some people. The elderly in nursing homes are also particularly at risk since they are of advanced age and typically suffer from preexisting conditions.
How to Avoid a Coronavirus Infection
Ways in which an individual can become infected with COVID-19 include exposure to infected persons or touching contaminated surfaces. It is advisable to avoid any contact with infected persons if you can. If a loved one or family member has coronavirus, encourage them to isolate themselves from the rest of the family as much as possible, and wear a face covering.
There are some other steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe, for example:
- Avoid large crowds
- Keep a 6-foot distance from others
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Wash your hands often
- Try to avoid touching your face
- Wear a face covering when around people
- Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces
If you are suffering from a coronavirus infection, you can protect your family by isolating yourself from your loved ones as much as possible, wearing a face covering, and not sharing dishes or other household items with your family.
Learn More About Your Right to File a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Negligence Lawsuit
If you were recently infected with the coronavirus disease on a cruise ship and suffered from severe health effects, or a loved one died from coronavirus, you may be able to hold a cruise line accountable and file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Coronavirus can cause persistent detrimental health issues that have the potential to necessitate medical treatment for years to come. You may be able to protect yourself from spiraling medical costs by filing a civil suit.
Cruise lines were late to react to the epidemic. Even when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a no sail order on March 14, 2020, many ships were still cruising with passengers. Cruise ship passengers were then quarantined in their cabins as coronavirus infections were spreading.
The Miami Herald estimated that to date at least 2791 people were infected with coronavirus on cruise ships and 76 died from the condition.
If you are considering holding a negligent cruise line accountable for any damages you or a loved one incurred due to a cruise ship coronavirus infection, we can help. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free no-obligation review of your case at (800) 794-0444.