Coronavirus Cruise Ship Study is worrying?

It’s a simple fact that many dangerous germs, viruses and bacteria thrive on hard surfaces from armrests to plastic surfaces, levers and handles.

When it comes to the survival of Coronavirus on surfaces we came across a study published by the CDC in March 2020 which makes for frightening reading.

The report was focused on a study of cruise ships and most of us have read about various such ships on lockdown etc from the mainstream media.

SARS-CoV-2 RNA was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted (Takuya Yamagishi, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, personal communication, 2020).


Employers in general and organisations should read this report for reflection. The report notes that ” more than 800 cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases occurred during outbreaks on three cruise ship voyages, and cases linked to several additional cruises have been reported across the United States”.

When it comes to the Coronavirus the reality is that it is very contagious.

Many dangerous germs, viruses and bacteria thrive on hard surfaces from armrests to plastic surfaces, levers and handles.

It is possible however for businesses and organisations to take steps that are meaningful in helping to fight germs and bacteria and reducing the risks of infection for staff and customers!

  • Foggers can help sanitise an entire room by killing 99.9999% of germs and viruses without washing or scrubbing required.
  • With a Fogger it is possible to kill viruses and germs lurking in nooks and crannies as well as all of the surfaces.

Keeping Commonly Touched Surfaces Sanitised

Staff or customers contracting illness through exposure to germs is a reality for any business out there. 

This study is worrying because it appears that the Coronavirus can survive for much longer on surfaces compared to other nasty germs and viruses.

Take steps to reduce the risks!

To properly sanitise the interiors of vehicles or offices is no easy task BUT :

SaniGuard products are a world’s first dry on contact, dual-action sanitiser and deodoriser available as both a Total Release Fogger and a Surface Spray, both safe for use on electronic equipment and fabrics.

There’s no need to wipe surfaces after use, as SaniGuard leaves behind no residue.

Source for this article: Moriarty LF, Plucinski MM, Marston BJ, et al. Public Health Responses to COVID-19 Outbreaks on Cruise Ships — Worldwide, February–March 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:347-352. DOI: icon