Herd immunity could keep coronavirus-afflicted carriers in the fight, former Navy captain says

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt steams in the Philippine Sea, March 24, 2020, the same day three sailors were flown from the ship after testing positive for coronavirus. JOMARK ALMAZAN/U.S. NAVY
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt steams in the Philippine Sea, March 24, 2020, the same day three sailors were flown from the ship after testing positive for coronavirus. JOMARK ALMAZAN/U.S. NAVY

Herd immunity could keep coronavirus-afflicted carriers in the fight, former Navy captain says

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — The Navy should encourage herd immunity for crews on aircraft carriers in the western Pacific, rather than quarantine sailors ashore who need to be ready for action in the South China Sea, a defense expert and former Navy warship captain said Wednesday.

The San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, which has been operating in the western Pacific, diverted to Guam last week after sailors aboard tested positive for coronavirus.

Their commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, wrote to Navy leaders Monday asking that sailors be quarantined and isolated ashore. The virus has sickened 150 to 200 sailors on the ship, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing a senior officer who is aboard.

Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said during a Wednesday morning teleconference that the Navy is working with the Guam’s governor to find places, including hotels, if possible, to quarantine and isolate the sailors up to 14 days, according to the Pacific Daily News.

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