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  1. You can check by going to the department of tourism website for each Island or country you want to travel to. I just checked St. Lucia and Visitors must be tested for Covid-19 up to a maximum of 48 hours before their flight to Saint Lucia. https://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19/
  2. We have stayed at a few Sandals and really enjoyed them. The service is outstanding. Food was very good as well. If you stay on an island with more than one Sandals, you can play and eat at all of them. They have a free shuttle between each one. As someone mentioned, the evenings are quieter with a few activities. I am sure they can arrange for a trip to a local casino or night spot. Our favorites are on ST. Lucia. Check and make sure the island is open to visitors.
  3. A face shield would be much better for my asthma and nasal polyps. Here is a recent article from AARP: https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2020/shields-compared-to-masks.html?cmp=SNO-ICM-FB-COVID-HLTH&socialid=3432276850
  4. -We might develop herd immunity. (All those running around without masks might be doing us a favor.) -We might have to learn to live with it like we do other coronaviruses. (Does anyone think, based upon recent experience, that will include these protocols?) These two may go together.
  5. That is the whole point. It should be a personal decision, not dictated by someone with a set of statistics that can be manipulated to their way of thinking or some political agenda.
  6. Here is a recent You Tube Video about the dangers of wearing a mask. My wife, a retired practicing physician of over 35 years, has made expressed these same concerns. I hope You Tube does not delete it.
  7. This from the WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/q-a-similarities-and-differences-covid-19-and-influenza?gclid=Cj0KCQjwz4z3BRCgARIsAES_OVcIr85xLR65Ypp1ISa1VXJ2IjlGntbej84KdMePqlvY7TNaxYmX1DMaAqeWEALw_wcB "Secondly, both viruses are transmitted by contact, droplets and fomites. As a result, the same public health measures, such as hand hygiene and good respiratory etiquette (coughing into your elbow or into a tissue and immediately disposing of the tissue), are important actions all can take to prevent infection." The national institute of health has question the use of masks in the past: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4868614/ "The surgical mask is a bad fit for risk reduction"
  8. There is also studies that have been done that put doubt into the effectiveness of masks. This recent study is from the CDC: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article?fbclid=IwAR34Cte_OUBY16tdsRFE6Ts22txDxWxacSsa1cNbrKt2jtCvNGK4VBO6I5k#tnF2 "There is limited evidence for their effectiveness in preventing influenza virus transmission either when worn by the infected person for source control or when worn by uninfected persons to reduce exposure. Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza." As you know both Dr. Fauci and WHO keep shifting their stance on mask use. If their was such solid evidence that they work, why do they keep fluctuating? "
  9. What this says it that you will see larger ships up and running long before the smaller ships begin sailing again.
  10. A recent article suggests that large ships can break even at 30% capacity: "For our newer ships, you need about 30 percent load factors to kind of break even. And then they skew to about 50 percent load factor on onto our older ships." https://www.*****.com/2020/05/21/royal-caribbeans-newer-ships-break-even-quicker-older-ships
  11. When you put these charts up, you need to include the amount of testing that has been done. The increase in positive results could be the result in an increase in testing,
  12. I honestly doubt that. It did not happen in 1918, and if you look at the amount of people out and about this past weekend without them, you can tell it will fade away eventually. It will become a matter of choice.
  13. Seems like society is split down the middle on this issue.
  14. My wife is a retired physician of 37 years and she says wearing a mask is worse for your health than not wearing one. Lots of different points of view even among professionals.
  15. The decisions about the requirements for passengers to cruise again will be decided by governments and lawyers, not the customer. We do have a choice whether to cruise or not. I can not wear a mask for long periods of time due to hypercapnia exacerbating my asthma and nasal polyps. I will therefore take my vacations dollars elsewhere. Many places in this beautiful country I can drive to that do not require masks. No anger from me towards any one. It is just the way it is.
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