REPORT: Growing number of cruise ship passengers have flu-like symptoms after flight back to U.S.

MARCH 23, 2020

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Helene Goldberg had been feeling unwell for days by the time she gratefully boarded an airplane in France bound for Atlanta on Friday, along with more than 300 other Americans and Canadians who had been stranded on a cruise ship in Europe carrying passengers with flu-like symptoms.

But because her temperature registered as normal when she landed, health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowed her to enter an Atlanta airport terminal and board a commercial airplane for Phoenix, carrying only instructions to quarantine herself for 14 days when she finally got home.

The article goes on to state the following:

Goldberg is one of a growing number of Costa Luminosa passengers who now have coronavirus or flu-like symptoms who flew back to the United States together on a chartered flight — a move that the travelers and their relatives say put others at risk. Many of the cruise ship travelers went on to board commercial flights in Atlanta.

Passengers and their family members have expressed concerns about the handling of the Costa Luminosa passengers, who were not quarantined like the Grand Princess passengers were.

The Department of Health and Human Services said Monday, “For well travelers, it is part of CDC’s protocol to recommend that they continue expeditiously on flights home following disembarkation from cruise ships and chartered flights back to the U.S.”

“We gave passengers information at the airport about how to monitor their health, and advised them to immediately quarantine for 14 days after they arrive home,” the department said.

“Our guidelines have and will continue to change during each stage of a pandemic,” HHS added.

“Costa Luminosa cruise ship logs obtained by the @MiamiHerald show 24 crew members are isolated for illness & 50 passengers are sick or roommates of the sick,” tweeted Herald reporter Taylor Dolven on March 18.

“Ship has 1,427 passengers (233 U.S. citizens) and is hoping to dock in France tomorrow morning. ”

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