While the Macau casino industry shut down its casino doors because of Coronavirus, there has been a new outbreak connected to a gambling facility. This one took place in the US state of Louisiana. Fortunately, the virus is not the same as the one from China but still has the officials very worried. It is called Norovirus and it is a form that attacks the digestive system and the stomach especially.
The Louisiana Department of Health labels it extremely contagious. Expectedly, this left the officials in the state very worried and experts began searching for the starting point of the virus. Now, they are certain that the outbreak began in the L’Auberge Casino.
More precisely, it originated at an even there, even though no precise is currently available to the public. So far, around 200 individuals self-reported that they have some of the symptoms. These include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, along with other flu-like elements. Once infected, the individuals with norovirus can spread it easily, even several days after the recovery.
While the outbreak is not a big danger to the individuals who have it or the state itself, it comes at a very bad moment. With the Coronavirus, no additional associations between casinos and outbreaks are desirable for the industry. Instead, the L’Auberge Casino situation will likely further underline the idea that casinos are a big vector of disease transmission.
As the Coronavirus continues its crawl around the world, there are growing chances that gambling facilities will start shutting down. After all, by definition, they are places where individuals mix, often after long-distance travel or shortly before it. In the US alone, the number of satellite casinos appeared in recent years and most try to target major travel hubs.
This is generally good for business but in a pandemic situation, spots like this often close first. Besides the virus that originated in Wuhan, there have been other signs that viral outbreaks are getting stronger. Some scientists connect this to global climate change and an incredibly mild winter in the northern hemisphere.
With rare below-zero temperatures, many viruses that would otherwise die out in the open got to survive. Some of them likely mutated and appeared as stronger strains. As the same process continues, chances are that the casino industry will need to set up new hygienic measures. Otherwise, many are risking new future health-related closures.
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