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Racial Barriers To Alzheimer’s Care Hurt Patients And Families : Shots


As a researcher at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Alice Mukora says she understands the need to enroll diverse populations in Alzheimer’s research. But that would be more likely to happen, she notes, if people of color had better experiences getting Alzheimer’s care.

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As a researcher at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Alice Mukora says she understands the need to enroll diverse populations in Alzheimer’s research. But that would be more likely to happen, she notes, if people of color had better experiences getting Alzheimer’s care.

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Many members of racial and ethnic minority groups say they face extra barriers when seeking care for a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American caregivers were far more likely than whites to encounter discrimination, language barriers and providers who lack cultural competence, according to a report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Among nonwhite caregivers, half say they’ve faced discrimination when navigating through the health care system,” says Maria Carrillo, the association’s chief science officer. Just 17% of white caregivers reported that sort of problem.

Black caregivers were most likely to report barriers, followed by Native American, Asian American and Hispanic caregivers.

One major concern reported by those trying to get treatment or other support for a loved one is that “providers don’t even listen to what they are saying, perhaps because of their race, color or ethnicity,” Carrillo says. “What they’re experiencing is actually affecting their care,” she notes.

The report is based on two nationwide surveys done late last year and released as part of the Association’s annual Facts and Figures publication.

Among the other findings:

  • Two-thirds of Black Americans, about 40% of Native and Hispanic Americans, and 34% of Asian Americans believe it is harder for them to get excellent care for Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia
  • Most Black Americans and more than a third of other minority groups think medical research is biased against people of color.
  • Fewer than half of Black and Native Americans feel confident they have access to providers who understand their ethnic or racial background and experiences.

The results are especially concerning because Black and Hispanic Americans appear to be more likely than whites to develop Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Also, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected both people of color and people with Alzheimer’s. In 2020 the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s was 16% higher than expected, according to government statistics.

Among the barriers reported by nonwhite respondents in the surveys were providers who didn’t speak their language or didn’t understand their culture.

Carrillo, who is Mexican American, says her own family saw this while caring for her husband’s parents, who died with Alzheimer’s.

“My in-laws were only Spanish speakers and so for us that was a really important thing,” Carrillo says. But she and her family had difficulty finding residential care where Spanish was spoken and Mexican meals were available. So they ultimately decided to keep both parents at home.

Some institutions involved in Alzheimer’s care and research are working to improve cultural competency among those working in the field. But they are running out of time, Carrillo says.

“By 2050, Nearly 40% of the older population will be nonwhite Americans,” she notes, “and so this needs to happen soon.”

The survey underscores with numbers what many people of color have experienced personally.

“Was I surprised? No,” says Alice Mukora, an African American researcher at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, whose job includes studying Alzheimer’s disease.

People who look like her often have bad experiences with the health care system, Mukora says.

“I know someone who gave birth to their second child and almost refused to go to the hospital,” she says. The woman had been traumatized during the birth of her first child by providers who didn’t want to give her pain medication because they thought she was exaggerating, Mukora says.

Mukora was also unsurprised by the survey’s finding that people of color are more skeptical about Alzheimer’s research and that just half of Black Americans said they trust that a cure for Alzheimer’s would be shared equally.

COVID-19 may have amplified those doubts by highlighting racial disparities in access to care, she says. And groups who can’t get care are less likely to trust the motives of a health care system when it offers them an experimental Alzheimer’s drug or a new vaccine for COVID-19.

As a brain scientist, Mukora understands the need to enroll diverse populations in Alzheimer’s research. But she says that would be more likely to happen if people of color had better experiences getting Alzheimer’s care.

Some providers need to try a different approach, she says. “You’re in conversation with someone — you’re not giving them a lecture. You’re working with someone to see what they need, what they want, and maybe recalibrating to meet those needs.”

When providers do that, Mukora says, people of color may be more interested in helping to test a potential cure.



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Matt Helps Rachael After She’s Hurt, Serena P. Leaves


Sorting out their feelings. Matt James reconsidered how serious he was about the remaining four women during hometown dates on the Monday, February 22, episode of The Bachelor.

Michelle landed the first date, taking him bike riding and introducing him to her students via video chat. She told Matt her parents were hesitant for her to join the show because she had to put her life on hold, but they agreed to support her no matter what. Michelle revealed she would say yes if Matt proposed and she thought he was The One, while he said he would move to Minnesota for her.

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Rachael, for her part, organized a skydiving date because trust is a big factor for her in relationships. However, things took a turn when she slammed into the ground upon landing. Matt ran over to check on her and confessed that he didn’t realize how strongly he felt for her until watching her get hurt. She cried over his admission and was appreciative of his concern for her. She later told her mom that makeup was covering the injuries to her face.

Rachael’s family — specifically her dad — was skeptical about the fast process, but she hoped Matt would ask for her father’s blessing. She admitted she was in love with him and noted she would accept a proposal. Ultimately, she was let down when Matt opted not to ask for permission to pop the question. He didn’t want to do it with all four families, but he promised to call Rachael’s dad closer to time if the opportunity arose.

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Bri and Matt went off-roading in a Jeep during their date. He wanted to move past their level of comfort with each other, but she was scared to tell him she was falling in love with him. Matt believed he and Bri had a special connection, and although she wanted to put up a wall, she told him about her feelings.

Serena P., meanwhile, introduced Matt to her Canadian culture. He then met her family, who expressed their doubts that she was ready to get engaged. Serena’s anxieties deepened about making a mistake with Matt since she had hoped her hometown date would help her become more confident about taking the next step.

Matt felt something was off with Serena, so he confronted her before the rose ceremony. He told her he intentionally spent more time with her than the other women to build their connection. She thought she was afraid of her feelings for him, but she realized he was not her person. Matt was shocked and disappointed, but he wanted Serena to be happy. She chose to leave, which made Matt worry that the remaining women might do the same.

At the rose ceremony, Matt encouraged Bri, Rachael and Michelle to be sure they were ready for an engagement before accepting a rose. They all decided to stay and received roses.

The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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Smile When You Get a COVID Vaccine, It’ll Hurt Less


By Cara Murez
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Could a genuine smile be the key to getting a less-painful vaccination? Researchers from University of California, Irvine, say yes.

That genuine smile, which brings up the corners of the mouth and creates crow’s feet around the eyes, can reduce the pain of a needle injection by up to 40%, and also blunt a stressful needle-related physiological response by lowering the heart rate, the researchers said.

Surprisingly, a grimace also created those same responses. A poker face did not.

“When facing distress or pleasure, humans make remarkably similar facial expressions that involve activation of the eye muscles, lifting of the cheeks and baring of the teeth,” said researcher Sarah Pressman, a professor of psychological science.

“We found that these movements, as opposed to a neutral expression, are beneficial in reducing discomfort and stress,” Pressman said in a university news release.

That’s news people may be able to use right away as the rollout of a two-part COVID-19 vaccine begins this winter.

The study included 231 people who reported their levels of pain, emotion and distress when injected with saline solution using a 25-gauge needle, which is the type typically used with a flu shot.

Participants were asked to express a genuine smile, a fake smile, a grimace or a neutral expression. Those who maintained a smile or a grimace told researchers the shot hurt only about half as much as the neutral group.

“Our study demonstrates a simple, free and clinically meaningful method of making the needle injection less awful,” Pressman said. “Given the numerous anxiety- and pain-provoking situations found in medical practice, we hope that an understanding of how and when smiling and grimacing helps will foster effective pain reduction strategies that result in better patient experiences.”

The findings were published online in the journal Emotion.


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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on COVID-19 vaccine research.


SOURCE: University of California, Irvine, news release, Dec. 1, 2020






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Donald Trump has hurt our democracy so much, another one-term president is stepping in


The nonprofit said Friday morning that Carter Center monitors will go to a number of counties across the state to assess the post-election audit and related processes to help bolster transparency and confidence in the results,” writes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The hyperspeed audit, often referred to as a “hand recount,” must be completed by Wednesday.

Even as groups of shouty Trump supporters descend on the nation’s capital for a superspreader “March for Trump” on Saturday, in support of their orange messiah and in denial of his undeniable loss to President-elect Joe Biden, the center’s monitors have been “deployed to several county audit boards across the state to conduct oversight the center said would increase “’ransparency’ in the vote counting process,” according to The Hill.

The center is known for supporting emerging democracies, or nations where established democracy and elections are at risk. It’s disturbing that the United States now qualifies as one of the latter, a first in the 31 years the Carter Center has done this very important work. 

“We were frankly quite troubled by the lack of trust and doubts about that the process would be credible and the results would be accepted,” David Carroll, the director of the Center’s Democracy Program, told Fox 5 Atlanta. “It is an indication of how difficult it has become in this country to have elections that enjoy popular trust and credibility,” Carroll added. 

Carroll, of course, didn’t say the quiet part out loud: Popular trust in U.S. elections has deteriorated at the hands of the current White House occupant, who spent the final six months or so of his campaign railing against socially distant voting methods, including blatant attempts to hobble the national postal service to derail voting by mail, which he repeatedly and dishonestly insisted was ripe for widespread fraud. Since losing the Nov. 3 election to Biden, Trump, who Biden defeated in both the popular vote and the Electoral College, has mostly avoided the public eye while his subpar legal team attempts to procure a different result through a string of nuisance nonsense lawsuits.

On Friday, the winner in the remaining close state contests finally were called. Georgia, home of the audit, went blue for the first time since Bill Clinton won the state in 1992.

The Washington Post has a great visual history of the Peach State’s journey from red to blue on the presidential front, even as both Senate seats are subject to an already-intense runoff battle that will decide party majority in the chamber.

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Big Brother’s Tyler Admits Wanting to Quit ‘Hurt’ His Game


Mistakes but no regrets. Tyler Crispen recognizes some of the crucial errors of his game after becoming the latest evictee of Big Brother: All-Stars on Thursday, October 8.

The jewelry company co-owner, 25, was a big target coming into season 22, but his alliance of The Committee – with houseguests Cody Calafiore, Memphis Garrett, Christmas Abbott, Nicole Franzel and Dani Briones – in addition to his competition wins, helped keep him safe even when people like Dani wanted him gone.

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After voting to evict Nicole during the triple eviction and then putting her up on the block against Dani when he won Head of Household, there was no love lost between them. Everyone weighed their options, but Tyler was deemed the bigger threat to win and was ultimately evicted in a unanimous vote against Christmas.

Who does he think is playing the best game right now? Does he regret wanting to quit? And will he ever play again? Check out our interview with Tyler.

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Us Weekly: What was your biggest mistake in this game?

Tyler Crispen: My biggest mistake in this game was not bringing Angela [Rummans, his girlfriend] with me. She is my safe haven. She eases my mind when things are tough, and I didn’t have her in there and it set me off. So, I wish she was there. But other than that, I was just absolutely reckless in that game. I was just doing things because I was bored. It took me forever to get a grasp on the game this time. So, I had a lot of mistakes, but I don’t have any regrets.

Us: Do you think you voicing your desire to quit earlier in the season affected your game? If so, how?

TC: Yeah, definitely. I definitely think it set my game reputation up for potential disaster. One, because people were either just really confused as to why I would want to do that. Maybe they thought I had some sort of power, but I was being genuine. I wanted to see Bayleigh [Dayton] and Da’Vonne [Rogers] do well. I wanted to fix mine and Bayleigh’s friendship from Big Brother 20 because prioritizing that … that’s lifelong. That’s not just a summer. So I prioritized that over the game. And for that, I do not feel bad, but I definitely think it hurt my game.

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Us: Enzo didn’t end up voting out Nicole with you and Christmas. Do you think he’s placating too many people or do you think he has a chance to win?

TC: I don’t think he lied to me about wanting to get out Nicole. I don’t think he even said he wanted to get out Nicole. But yeah, unless Enzo has a final two deal with Nicole, I don’t quite get why he would want to keep Cody’s secret weapon around because I’m thinking, in my head, Cody would pick Nicole over Enzo. So I don’t quite understand Enzo’s thought process there and letting Cody have another option. And I tried to voice that with him, but it fell on deaf ears.

Us: Who do you think is playing the best game right now and why?

Tyler: Oh, that’s tough. I think Cody is playing the best game right now. Yeah, he’s double-dipping, triple-dipping, quadruple-dipping in alliances. But I feel like he’s covered in a lot of ways, and I think he’s won a lot of competitions, and I think he’s a good social player. So I think if we’re talking a well-rounded game, I got to say Cody’s playing the best game right now.

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Us: Speaking of that, you told Julie [Chen] you didn’t want to double and triple-dip, but other people were clearly doing that this season. Did that hurt your game this time around?

TC: I mean, yeah. Everyone was in freaking 19 alliances and I did not want to do that this time because it got me last time. So, I wish I could switch my games, take this one and put it on Big Brother 20, take Big Brother 20, put it here, but I can’t do that. I definitely thought even if I did try to make a bunch of final twos, people probably wouldn’t even believe it because I did that last time and it got me. So yeah, I think I might’ve set my own self up for disaster. Thanks, Big Brother 20 Tyler. Appreciate it.

Us: Do you have any interest in playing Big Brother again?

TC: I do not have any interest in playing Big Brother again. I love the game. I love Big Brother. The experience is once in a lifetime and I pushed my limits by doing it twice in a lifetime. So nah, I’m gonna move past this and be forever grateful for it, for what it’s given me in my life. But no, I do not have any desire to do that ever again.

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What’s Special About Bat Viruses? What We Don’t Know Could Hurt Us


Bats were once of interest mainly to specialists and devoted conservationists. But the global pandemic pushed the animals squarely into the spotlight as the apparent original source of the novel coronavirus. Now, once arcane research into the large number of viruses that live in bats has acquired a new urgency, along with discussions of what to do about the likelihood of diseases in animals spilling over to humans.

In the journal Science on Thursday, two bat researchers urged fellow scientists to examine more closely what we know for certain about bats and viruses, and suggested how we can find out more and how that knowledge might help us.

Daniel G. Streicker, a vampire bat researcher at the University of Glasgow and Amy T. Gilbert, a disease ecologist at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colo., point out a number of gaps in our knowledge, and the lack of hard numbers to prove some common perceptions.

Dr. Streicker said in an interview that we may have gotten ahead of ourselves in the focus of research. “I think we’re often trying to explain why bats are special before we actually work out how they’re special,” he said.

First and foremost, the researchers write is the “global health conundrum” of whether bat viruses are more likely to cause outbreaks than viruses harbored by other creatures.

The common perception that bats harbor more viruses than other animals does not hold up, they write, when one looks at the huge number of bat species.

Nor are bats immune to the effects of all viruses. There is no question, they write, that many bats can live with viruses that can prove lethal in humans and other animals, such SARS and MERS.

The “key question,” Dr. Streicker said, is whether bat tolerance of viruses causes the evolution of pathogens that are more dangerous for people. Science does not yet have an answer.

“We seem to be lacking really strong, compelling evidence that the viruses of bats are more diverse or more prone to infect humans or more dangerous when they do infect humans than viruses of other animals,” he said.

It isn’t only the internal workings of bats that needs to be understood. How bad a spillover disease is and how it spreads depends on how people interact with bats, what kind of bats are involved, where they live and how they spread viruses among each other.

“We need interactions between immunologists, virologists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists.” That’s starting to happen, he says, partly because of the pandemic.

Bat scientists had been pushing for such cross-disciplinary work before the pandemic started. For example, the National Science Foundation last week awarded a grant of $1.67 million to the American Museum of Natural History, Texas Tech University and Stony Brook University in order to to establish the Global Union of Bat Diversity Networks.

Tigga Kingston, an ecologist at Texas Tech, had been getting together at meetings on bat research for half a dozen years with her colleagues at the museum and at Stony Brook, and discussing the need for more connections. There were many networks of bat researchers, some regional, some devoted to a specific subject, but not a global network to foster communication between all bat researchers.

In 2019 she said, they decided to move from planning to action just as the National Science Foundation was reaching out to promote more of the kind of “meta-network” that they were thinking about. The fit was ideal.

Then, of course, the pandemic emerged, and an effort designed for basic research and conservation took on a new urgency. Suddenly, she said, “everything we’re doing has relevance to Covid-19,” from metabolism studies to evolution to conservation questions.

“We need immunologists working next to genomicists, who are working with ecologists, who are working with people who study the physiology of the animal,” she said Until that happens, she added, “we really don’t stand a hope of mitigating these kinds of events.”

In the Science article, Dr. Streicker and Dr. Gilbert also point to specific areas of research in which bats could serve as testing populations for new techniques in disease control, like vaccines for animal populations.

Rabies in animals like foxes has been successfully fought with vaccines in bait that foxes eat. That wouldn’t work for bats, but, Dr. Streicker said, a vaccine could be applied to bat fur and spread by contact.

In the future, genetic engineering techniques like Crispr, might even be used to try to genetically engineer bats to be resistant to some viruses, he said, something that has been tested with mosquitoes, and discussed for use with mice and Lyme disease. “I think that’s very far into the future,” Dr. Streicker said, “and there are all sorts of ethical issues.”

But there are other ways to make what is essentially a contagious vaccine, perhaps by attaching the proteins that would promote an immune response to a virus that is infectious in bats, but not harmful. To them, or us.



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Caelynn Miller-Keyes Was ‘Hurt’ by Hannah Brown Being Bachelorette


Sore subject. Caelynn Miller-Keyes remembers exactly how it felt to lose the role of Bachelorette to Hannah Brown.

“I remember getting the call that it wasn’t me for Bachelorette and I was like, ‘Dang! That kind of sucks,’” the Virginia native, 24, said during a recent episode of the “Almost Famous” podcast with Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti. “And then I found out it was [Hannah] at Women Tell All, we all kind of knew at Women Tell All that it was her. And it hurt. It definitely hurt.”

Miller-Keyes and Brown, 25, both competed for Colton Underwood‘s heart during season 23 of The Bachelor, which aired in early 2019. The women had a rocky history with one another from their time in the Miss USA pageant circuit, and while their drama played out during the reality dating show, the former beauty queens ultimately decided to put their pasts behind them. However, Miller-Keyes couldn’t help but feel a little envious of Brown’s new title.

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“It stung and I was upset and I was kind of led to believe that it was mine and then suddenly it wasn’t. It was Hannah’s,” she recalled on the podcast. “Looking back on previous seasons, it’s always been in the top four and then to branch out and to pick Hannah … it just hurt.”

Though she didn’t find love on The Bachelor, Miller-Keyes returned to reality TV for season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise, where she met now-boyfriend Dean Unglert. While the pair adjust to living life in lockdown amid the global coronavirus crisis, the reality star thanked Unglert, 29, for being her rock in this confusing time.

“It’s tough,” she told Us Weekly exclusively earlier this month. It’s been really tough at times, but luckily I’m quarantined with Dean, who is the most positive person I know.”

The reality dating show personalities couldn’t be more in love with each other — but Unglert previously admitted to Us that he isn’t sure marriage is in the couple’s future.

“That’s never going to happen,” the Bachelorette alum teased in December 2019. “I don’t know, I’m super unconventional and she obviously is a little more conventional. We joke around about it. Just try to keep expectations to a minimum, you know? Like I said on the show, under-promise, overdeliver.”

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An Idaho farm is giving away two million potatoes because coronavirus has hurt demand



Ryan Cranney, CEO of Cranney Farms in Oakley, Idaho, about 150 miles from Boise, told CNN the majority of his potatoes from the farm are typically sold to grocery stores and to restaurants to make french fries.

Because of stay-at-home orders throughout the nation, Cranney said the food service demand is down significantly, leaving him with six months worth of crop.

“With people staying at home, these restaurants have shut down and so our markets have just kind of fallen apart,” Cranney said. “The factories that we sell to for french fries, they’ve lost their sales and had to shut their factories down with freezers full of french fries and so the outlets for our potatoes, we’re having a difficult time getting them to market.”

A little over 50% of Cranney’s sales come from its potato crop, according to Cranney.

Cranney Farms also grows sugar beats, wheat, barley, mustard seeds, corn and alfalfa and they raise cattle, but Cranney said their potato crop and cattle have been hit the hardest.

“We’ve made our best assumptions so we’re cutting back what we’re going to grow this year,” Cranney said. “If things turn around quickly and take off, we’re going to be short. But if it drags on longer for several more months, it could be a total disaster. People are going to lose their farms over this.”

Initially, Cranney said he posted about the crop on Facebook, urging members of his community of about 700 people to show up at the farm and grab as many potatoes as they want. But now, people are driving hours to pick some up.

“The response has completely blown me away,” Cranney said. “People are coming from all over the place.”

Cranney said he’s expecting a woman from Kansas on Thursday who will have driven 19 hours. Food banks and soup kitchens are also starting to show up.

Most of the people who have come for the potatoes are doing it for others, grabbing them for friends and neighbors.

“We gave a little bit and now they’re giving in return, and that’s what made it worth it to me,” Cranney said. “It’s been fun for me to see people thinking of others and give their time and resources to take care of other people.”



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Jet slides down Daytona Beach airport runway with no landing gear. No one was hurt



No one was injured, officials at the airport said.

Video posted to Facebook by Yelvington Jet Aviation shows the plane, a Cessna 510, sliding across the asphalt with no landing gear or nose gear in sight. After the landing, black smoke can be seen coming from the plane.

A photo on the airport’s Twitter feed shows the stopped plane with fire-fighting foam around it. There is a liquid on the runway, possibly airplane fuel.

The small private aircraft made the landing around 12:25 p.m. ET, airport officials said. According to the flight tracking website FlightAware.com the plane had arrived in Daytona Beach on Thursday after a flight from Page Field in Fort Myers.

When it took off just before noon in Daytona Beach, it never got far from the airport. A graphic on FlightAware that maps the reported position of the plane shows it came back over the runway twice and landed after circling a third time.

Federal Aviation Administration records online show the owners received a new certificate for the plane in November. The jet was built in 2007, according to the FAA website.

Some flights to the airport were diverted. One landed in West Palm Beach and another returned to Charlotte, North Carolina.



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2 Carnival Cruise Ships Collide; 1 Passenger Hurt


TAMPA, Fla. — A Carnival cruise ship crashed into a sister vessel while docking in Cozumel on Friday morning, smashing a couple of decks on at least one of the ships.

  • 2 Carnival cruise ships collide while at port in Cozumel, Mexico
  • Social media videos show ripped stern deck, debris falling into water
  • Company: 1 passenger incurred minor injuries while evacuating deck

The collision happened as the Carnival Glory was maneuvering to dock and struck the Carnival Legend.

Videos posted to social media Friday morning showed the stern of the Glory drifting around and into the pointed bow of the Carnival Legend. Debris falls into the water as the Legend’s bow slices into the Glory’s stern at what appears to be an observation deck. The Glory then moves forward and away from the Legend.


Carnival said at least one passenger incurred minor injury as they evacuated the dining room on Decks 3 and 4. The company didn’t provide any other information.

“We are assessing the damage but there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship,” Carnival said in a released statement. “We have advised guests from both ships to enjoy their day ashore in Cozumel.”


One of the posted videos was apparently shot from Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, which was also nearby. It appeared to narrowly escape the collision itself. Royal Caribbean confirmed to Spectrum News that its vessel was not impacted and didn’t sustain any damage.

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