The Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined for two weeks in Yokohama, Japan, but did it really do any good.
With now more than 500 cases of coronavirus reported on the ship, officials are saying that something went horribly wrong with the quarantine.
Something Gone Awry
With the total count of infected passengers now at 542, the Diamond Princess is now considered the largest outbreak of the coronavirus outside of China.
Even though the quarantine was supposed to last a full two weeks, hundreds of American passengers were permitted to leave the ship prior to February 19 quarantine end date.
The early departure was facilitated by the United States State Department to get American citizens off the ship and under our doctors’ care if needed.
Even though the passengers had been tested just days before, all coming up negative, 14 of the passengers that left the ship tested positive during the evacuation process.
Those passengers were separated from the rest of the passengers during the flight back to the United States.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, stated, “The quarantine process failed.
“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.”
There is also now concern that the virus can actually infect people twice, with the second round being far more deadly than the first.
Some reports are now stating that the second infection could induce heart failure.
This, of course, is happening as the information coming from China is still very questionable, with most outlets believing that China is not being very forthcoming with true data about the seriousness of the virus in terms of reported cases and the actual death toll.