What happened aboard the Diamond Princess is a terrifying ‘game changer’ regarding Coronavirus

The only thing I'm afraid I have to disagree with here is the fact that there is a lack of care when it comes to transporting these people back home.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Pacom.mil

The decision has been made to evacuate the American passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Earlier this month, Vox had reported that several passengers aboard the Diamond Princess were infected with the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus or Covid-19 is an illness that emerged from Wuhan, one of the more industrial parts of China located in the Hubei province. The disease originated from the animals in the area and causes the hosts of the virus to have pneumonia-like symptoms.

RELATED: [VIDEO] Senator Tom Cotton Suggests Coronavirus is Biological Weapon “Cooked Up” in Government Laboratory

MORE NEWS: CNN host Van Jones says white liberals who voted for Hillary Clinton are more dangerous than the KKK

According to official reports, thousands of passengers and crew members aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship were at risk. While the cruise ship was docked in Japan’s harbor for nearly 13 days, an estimated total of 454 individuals had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, 14 allegedly from the United States.

The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Anthony Fauci, didn’t think it was unreasonable to hold the passengers in quarantine; the two choices at his fingertips were “should these people stay in Japan, or should they be flown home?”

When do you think the country should re-open and get back to work?

By completing the poll, you agree to receive emails from LifeZette and that you've read and agree to our privacy policy and legal statement.

The tipping point for everyone involved is that several more cases were reported on the ship, daily, while the quarantine was being followed. To break it all down, the virus was still spreading.

“The quarantine process failed,” Fauci continued. “I mean, I’d like to sugarcoat it and try to be diplomatic about it, but it failed. People were getting infected on that ship. Something went awry in the process of the quarantining on that ship. I don’t know what it was, but a lot of people got infected on that ship.”

Passengers on the ship were instructed to stay in their suites or cabins during the quarantine.

Those in interior cabins with no window or outdoor access were able to go on deck for up to an hour-and-a-half, but had to stay at least a meter from fellow passengers, Matt Smith, a family law attorney from Sacramento, California, told USA TODAY a few days into the quarantine. Meals were dropped off at the door by the ship’s crew.

The crew also distributed masks and thermometers, as passengers were asked to take their temperatures and report readings above 99.5℉ (37.5℃), Smith said. Common coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.” [USA Today]

MORE NEWS: Texas judge gives Trump win on mail-in voting

The decision to bring back the American passengers was coordinated between the State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies. This was a rather tough decision that was made even more difficult after 14 more passengers were confirmed to have the Covid-19 virus.

It seems like the right call was made to get those people off that ship. There were no signs that the rate of infection was going to slow down. I’m sure that tracking the error in the quarantine is going to be very difficult, if not an impossible job. Hopefully, there will be more reliable ways to contain the virus and keep it from moving to different areas.

“We think the way they are handling this is not safe,” Smith said Saturday. “They want to take hundreds of people off the ship before the quarantine here has been completed and without them ever being tested, and they want to throw them on buses together, then a plane, then force them to serve another 14-day quarantine under unknown circumstances.”” [USA Today]

RELATED: [VIDEO] Pranksters in Hazmat Suits Scare the Daylights out of NYC Subway Goers by Pretending to “Spill” the Coronavirus 

The only thing I’m afraid I have to disagree with here is the fact that there is a lack of care when it comes to transporting these people back home.

The 14-day quarantine is rather necessary, but the fact that everyone isn’t being tested on their way back and separated is a pretty obvious problem. As of now, we know that the virus spreads through contact from surfaces and liquid droplets. Currently, there are 30 documented cases between Australia and the United States.

This piece originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

Read more at WayneDupree.com:
The Queen Just Ruined Meghan and Harry’s Dreams of Fame by Completely Stripping Their Royal Titles
[VIDEO] Not Again: Two Athletes and their Young Daughters Tragically Killed on Way to Sporting Event in Devastating Crash
Obama Celebrates #PresidentsDay By Taking Credit For Trump’s Economy…And it Quickly Backfires

The opinions expressed by contributors and/or content partners are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of LifeZette.

meet the author

Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of WayneDupree.com. He was named to 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF from 1987-1995; he saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. The father of three, he's the host of "The Wayne Dupree Show."

Join the Discussion

COMMENTS POLICY: We have no tolerance for messages of violence, racism, vulgarity, obscenity or other such discourteous behavior. Thank you for contributing to a respectful and useful online dialogue.