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Old 03-20-2020, 12:10 PM
Stranger On A Train is offline
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Cruise ships would have to be gutted and completely refitted to operate as a ‘hospital ship’, and there is really no point to this. The US Navy (and other large navies) operate hospital ships because they can be mobile and move to the location of an incident to provide direct services without having to construct a temporary hospital facility and move all of the necessary equipment and supplies on-site.

This notion of using large cruise ships as ‘hospital ships’ is really nothing more than a throwback to the era before public health when contaminated ships were quarantined off shore until the crew and passengers either died or survived.